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push off

Definition of push off in English:

Use an oar, boathook, etc., to exert pressure so as to move a boat out from shore or away from another vessel.
Example sentences
  • He helped me into the boat, then pushed off and jumped in himself.
  • Finally, it did, and though the orders that followed were to return to ship, a squall blew up and the boats could not push off.
  • The water was shallow enough, and the bottom varied enough, that they often touched up against a rock of bit of sandbar, and when they did, they reacted instantly, pushing off against it to move laterally.
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