reel\ off

reel\ off
• rattle off
• reel off
To say quickly without having to stop to think; recite easily and rapidly.

When Roger was seven he could rattle off the names of all the states in alphabetical order.

Joan memorized the "Gettysburg Address" so well that she could reel it off.

We asked the waitress what flavors of ice cream she had, and she rattled them off.

Словарь американских идиом. — СПб., Изд-во "Лань". . 1997.

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  • reel off — PHRASAL VERB If you reel off information, you repeat it from memory quickly and easily. [V P n (not pron)] She reeled off the titles of a dozen or so of the novels. [Also V n P] …   English dictionary

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  • reel off — See: RATTLE OFF …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • reel off — See: RATTLE OFF …   Dictionary of American idioms

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