to lift off

girl from rio de janeiro

Portuguese (Brazilian)
With a sudden burst of adrenaline, he was able to lift the car off the child's leg.
I don't understand the meaning of the verb "to lift off" in this context. I'd use it for a plane like: The plane lifted off this afternoon. Could you explain this to me, please? Thanks.
  • panjandrum

    Lapsed Moderator
    English-Ireland (top end)
    The meaning of the verb lift is simple - see dictionary.
    The meaning of the preposition off is simple - see dictionary.

    This is not an example of the phrasal verb lift off.


    Senior Member
    Hi all,

    Almost 5years later :):
    Regarding the preposition, could you use "from" rather than "off" in the sentence above?
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