to bring off

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - bring off

"to bring off"

1) to accomplish something that had appeared difficult to finish or achieve

2) to cause to be removed from


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - pull off

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1: I can't imagine how you finished that report on time. There was at least five days work involved and you finished it in three.

Colleague 2: It is amazing what you can bring off when you really apply yourself. Besides I needed to show the boss that I could be successful under pressure.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - bring off

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1: Did you catch the soccer game on TV last night?

Friend 2: It was quite something. I still don't understand why the star striker was brought off in the last fifteen minutes.

Friend 1: I know. Crazy right? The center was substituted out and then they lost the game.

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to bring off - Gerund Form:

Bringing off the concert without a flaw the musicians received a standing ovation.

to bring off - Examples:

1)  ... was heavily in debt and knew that his best chance of raising money was to bring off a spectacular triumph.

2)  Domestic political calculations changed. Interventions turned out to be harder to bring off than we hoped.

3)  ... just have to get through the second semester. Here's hoping that I can bring off the two units of study I've selected, as well as I did ...

4)  ... mistakes and inefficiency of officials in my department, just as, when my officials bring off any successes on my behalf, I take full credit for them.

5)  They have so many players - that they didn't even bring off the subs' bench - that you can't try and take them out.

6)  Unless Haile Selassie can bring off a miracle, we're clearly down to the nitty gritty on this one.

7)  At this point China lacks the military capability to bring off a successful invasion of a well-defended Taiwan.

8)  The back four did well, although we had to bring off Juma'at Jantan as he was recovering from a recent hamstring injury.

9)  Just what it takes to bring off such teaching is something on which a great deal of research is needed.

10)  ... back-up at point guard is different than not having, say, a center to bring off the bench, since the point guard sets the table for the entire offense.

11)  I get my paper delivered and he used to bring it off the driveway and put it outside my door for ...

12)  Don't take too long to bring it off the fire. 

13)  ... especially when you can bring it off as well as she did.

14)  ... that the truly superior artist can adopt whatever tone is appropriate to the material and bring it off.

15)  He brought it off quite brilliantly.

16)  He passed along by the breakwater through the sea, and brought off most of his men safe, though a few were lost.

17)  I got brought off before the end because I'd not played for six weeks and so was ...

18)  However, fears that Newsnight would be dropped, or even brought off air for a short period, proved to be unfounded, as journalists prepared ...

19)  Now, however, he has brought off a remarkable feat: he has written a book with all the boldness, ...

20)  The second goal came right after Balotelli was brought off for Aguero.