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English definition of “ship someone/something off”

ship someone/something off

verb [T] phrasal verb with ship  /ʃɪp/ (-pp-) us  
to send someone somewhere, esp. to an unpleasant place: When she was eight, her father shipped her off to Baltimore to live with her aunt.
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