put\ off

v
1. informal To cause confusion in; embarrass; displease.

I was rather put off by the shamelessness of his proposal.

The man's slovenliness put me off.

2. To wait and have (smth) at a later time; postpone.

They put off the picnic because of the rain.

3. To make (someone) wait; turn aside.

When he asked her to name a day for their wedding, she put him off.

When the bill collector called, Mrs. Smith managed to put him off.

4. To draw away the attention; turn aside; distract.

Little Jeannie began to tell the guests some family secrets, but Father was able to put her off.

5. To move out to sea; leave shore.

They put off in small boats to meet the coming ship.

Syn.: put out

Словарь американских идиом. — СПб., Изд-во "Лань". . 1997.

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