Idiom: "to take off"
Joe: Where are you going? Class doesn't end for another 30 minutes!
Steve: I know, but I have to take off early today. I have an appointment at the DMV.
Joe: Oh, I see.
Sally: Wow! This movie is really boring.
Julie: I know! I don't think I can handle any more.
Sally: Let's just take off and go hang out at Starbucks.
Julie: Sounds good to me.
Meaning: "to take off" is a very commonly used idiom in American English. It simply means "to leave." Our students learn practical idioms like this in our Speaking and Listening classes at LSI. For more information, please visit www.languagesystems.com