Definition of

Carry off

  1. (verb, change) kill in large numbers
  2. (verb, contact) remove from a certain place, environment, or mental or emotional state; transport into a new location or state
    The car carried us off to the meeting
    I'll take you away on a holiday
    I got carried away when I saw the dead man and I started to cry
  3. (verb, social) be successful; achieve a goal
    I managed to carry the box upstairs
    She pulled it off, even though we never thought her capable of it
    The pianist negociated the difficult runs

via WordNet, Princeton University

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