To pair off
Pair Pair, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Paired}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Pairing}.] 1. To be joined in pairs; to couple; to mate, as for breeding. [1913 Webster]

2. To suit; to fit, as a counterpart. [1913 Webster]

My heart was made to fit and pair with thine. --Rowe. [1913 Webster]

3. Same as {To pair off}. See phrase below. [1913 Webster]

{To pair off}, to separate from a group in pairs or couples; specif. (Parliamentary Cant), to agree with one of the opposite party or opinion to abstain from voting on specified questions or issues. See {Pair}, n., 6. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • To blow off — Blow Blow, v. i. [imp. {Blew} (bl[=u]); p. p. {Blown} (bl[=o]n); p. pr. & vb. n. {Blowing}.] [OE. blawen, blowen, AS. bl[=a]wan to blow, as wind; akin to OHG. pl[=a]jan, G. bl[ a]hen, to blow up, swell, L. flare to blow, Gr. ekflai nein to spout… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • pair off — v. (D; intr., tr.) to pair off with * * * [ peə(r) ɒf] (D; intr., tr.) to pair off with …   Combinatory dictionary

  • pair off/pair up — find a partner, organize people in two s    The coach asked us to pair off and practise passing the ball to each other …   English idioms

  • pair off — {v.} 1. To make a pair of; put two together; associate; match. * /Mrs. Smith paired off her guests by age and tastes./ 2. To belong to a pair; become one of a pair. * /Jane paired off with Alice in a tennis doubles match./ 3. To divide or join… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • pair off — {v.} 1. To make a pair of; put two together; associate; match. * /Mrs. Smith paired off her guests by age and tastes./ 2. To belong to a pair; become one of a pair. * /Jane paired off with Alice in a tennis doubles match./ 3. To divide or join… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • pair off (with somebody) — ˌpair ˈoff (with sb) | ˌpair sbˈoff (with sb) derived to come together, especially in order to have a romantic relationship; to bring two people together for this purpose • It seemed that all her friends were pairing off. • He s always trying to… …   Useful english dictionary

  • pair off — verb form a pair or pairs The two old friends paired off • Syn: ↑pair, ↑partner off, ↑couple • Derivationally related forms: ↑couple (for: ↑couple), ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • pair off — phrasal verb [intransitive/transitive] Word forms pair off : present tense I/you/we/they pair off he/she/it pairs off present participle pairing off past tense paired off past participle paired off to start a romantic relationship with someone,… …   English dictionary

  • pair off — PHR V RECIP ERG When people pair off or are paired off, they form a pair, often in order to become girlfriend and boyfriend. [V n P with n] I knew she wouldn t be able to resist pairing me off with someone... [pl n V P] The squad members paired… …   English dictionary

  • pair-off — A security purchase transaction that is closed out or sold on or before the settlement or expiration date. In a pair off, the investor commits to purchase a security. Then, prior to the predetermined settlement date, the investor offsets that… …   Financial and business terms

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