siphon off


siphon off
verb
convey, draw off, or empty by or as if by a siphon
Syn: ↑siphon, ↑syphon
Derivationally related forms: ↑syphon (for: ↑syphon)
Hypernyms: ↑draw, ↑take out
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s something


Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • siphon off — (something) to take something that was intended for someone or something else. The dictator and his close friends siphoned off up to 20 percent of the annual budget. The donated food was mostly siphoned off and sold, while the needy got almost… …   New idioms dictionary

  • siphon off — phr verb Siphon off is used with these nouns as the object: ↑money …   Collocations dictionary

  • siphon off (to) —  Remove or steal (usually refers to money).  ► “Indeed, Osceola County officials are now considering projects intended to siphon off business from Orange County: a new merchandise mart, a world trade center and a convention complex.” (Wall Street …   American business jargon

  • siphon off —    to steal    Usually by embezzlement and not necessarily of liquids:     No way he could have spent more than half of what was coming in... The best guess was that Birdsong... was siphoning it off. (Hailey, 1973)    Siphon is specific of… …   How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms

  • siphon off —    If someone siphons something off, they transfer something from one place to another, often illegally.     It was discovered that he had siphoned off money from the business into an account in a tax haven …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • siphon off something — siphon off (something) to take something that was intended for someone or something else. The dictator and his close friends siphoned off up to 20 percent of the annual budget. The donated food was mostly siphoned off and sold, while the needy… …   New idioms dictionary

  • siphon — si‧phon [ˈsaɪfn] also syphon verb [transitive] to dishonestly take money from a business, account etc and use it for a purpose for which it was not intended: siphon something from/​off something • I later found she had siphoned thousands of… …   Financial and business terms

  • siphon — [[t]sa͟ɪf(ə)n[/t]] siphons, siphoning, siphoned also syphon 1) VERB If you siphon liquid from a container, you make it come out through a tube and down into a lower container by enabling the pressure of the air on it to push it out. [V n prep]… …   English dictionary

  • siphon — si|phon1 also syphon BrE [ˈsaıfən] n [Date: 1300 1400; : French; Origin: Latin sipho pipe, tube , from Greek siphon] 1.) a bent tube used for getting liquid out of a container, used by holding one end of the tube at a lower level than the end in… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • siphon — I UK [ˈsaɪf(ə)n] / US verb [transitive] Word forms siphon : present tense I/you/we/they siphon he/she/it siphons present participle siphoning past tense siphoned past participle siphoned 1) siphon or siphon off to move liquid from one container… …   English dictionary


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