I looked up Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary, it says that one of meanings of "take off" is imitating or impersonating? I cant figure out how does it come, I mean, take what off when someone do the imitation?

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    It is strange, isn't it? I've used it all my life and I don't have any idea where it came from, either. Mar 12, 2021 at 13:38
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    take-off, "caricature," colloquial, 1846, from earlier sense of "thing that detracts from something, drawback" (1826), from take (v.) + off (adv.). Etymonline Mar 12, 2021 at 13:54
  • When we take someone off, we don't just attempt to exactly imitate them; we exaggerate things, e.g. accent, mannerisms, etc. The object is to get a laugh at the expense of the person being taken off. Mar 12, 2021 at 13:56
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    maybe it's connected to 'take' in the sense of opinion, assessment, approach, treatment. "What's your take on the candidate?" "a new take on an old idea" dictionary.com/browse/take definitions 100, 101
    – Pete
    Mar 12, 2021 at 17:18
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    It's frequently used for amateur vocal impersonations. He did a terrific takeoff on Celebrity means he imitated the celebrity's voice and mannerisms, usually in a comedic way. Mar 12, 2021 at 22:29


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