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English definition of “see sb/sth off”

see sb/sth off

informal phrasal verb with see     /siː/ verb (present participle seeing, past tense saw, past participle seen)
to defeat someone or something, or to deal with them or it effectively so that that person or thing can no longer cause harm : England saw off Luxembourg 5–0. He may not have seen off the challengers for the leadership of the party , but he has at least silenced them for a while.Winning and defeatingScoring, winning and losing in sport
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