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  • v. To remove by using a siphon.

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  • v. remove (a commodity) from (a supply source)
  • v. remove by drawing or pulling


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  • Still the merchants, warehousemen, and brokers managed to draw off from the general current, as it swept by them, important side streams which left their valuable deposits of cash in the coffers.

    A Charleston Love Story; or, Hortense Vanross

  • Lord Erard of Syverey, God rest his soul! who was of my company, came up to me, and said, that we had best draw off to a ruined house, and wait there until the King should come.

    The Memoirs of the Lord of Joinville

  • He repeated his idea of a junction with Howe at Albany but, to draw off the Americans, recommended a diversionary expedition by Lake Ontario and Oswego to the Mohawk River.

    Angel in the Whirlwind

  • But whether Mr. Clare had spoken seriously or not, why should she, who could never conscientiously allow any man to marry her now, and who had religiously determined that she never would be tempted to do so, draw off Mr. Clare's attention from other women, for the brief happiness of sunning herself in his eyes while he remained at Talbothays?

    Tess of the d'Urbervilles

  • Whilst we were so stationed, Lord John of Valery, the paladin, came to the King, and said he advised him to draw off to the right, down to the river, in order to have the support of the Duke of Burgundy and of the others whom we had left guarding the camp, and also that his serjeants might get something to drink, for the heat was at its height.

    The Memoirs of the Lord of Joinville

  • Doubtless, thought Cadfael, watching the harassed lines of Cenred's face, he would be happier if de Perronet chose to draw off once again from all involvement, and stand apart, but there's no chance of that now.

    The Confession of Brother Haluin

  • But as, when many streams flow together from many sources, whether springs or mountain torrents, into a single lake, we ought to attend and take care that the confluent waters should be perfectly clear, and in order to effect this, should pump and draw off and divert impurities, so in every political arrangement there may be trouble and danger.


  • One frontal attack upon the gatehouse had been made early, under cover of the continued impact of stone upon stone under the tower to westward, but the espringales mounted above the gate cut a swathe with their javelins through the ranks of the attackers, and they were forced to draw off again and drag their wounded with them.

    Brother Cadfael's Penance

  • Thereupon, the King commanded the standard of Saint Denis and his own banners to draw off to the right towards the river; and as his army began to move, there was again a great noise of trumpets and Arabian horns.

    The Memoirs of the Lord of Joinville

  • The King recalled all the paladins of his council, and they all advised him to wait; but shortly afterwards Lord John of Valery came back again and blamed the King and his council for delaying; and his council advised him after all to draw off to the river, as Lord John of Valery advised.

    The Memoirs of the Lord of Joinville


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