put off

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 (something) 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.
Categories: informal verb

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