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see sb/sth off

informal
verb uk phrasal verb with see   /siː/ ( present participle seeing, past tense saw, past participle seen) us  
to defeat someone or something, or to deal with him, her, 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.
Translations of “see sb/sth off”
in Chinese (Traditional) 擊敗, 使不再爲害…
in Chinese (Simplified) 击败, 使不再为害…
(Definition of see sb/sth off from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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