Make Off

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Bernie Madoff died in prison on 14th April 2021 having served just 12 years of a 150-year prison sentence for running the biggest ever Ponzi scheme which defrauded people out of an estimated $65 billion. This English lesson takes a look at the ironic pronunciation of the phrasal verb make off, which means to steal money, and Bernie Madoff's last name which is a homophone with made off. The animation of the Madoff character in the video was done using iClone and Character Creator from Reallusion. I think it is the most realistic animation I have made to date.

Phrasal Verbs Course

make off

1. To flee or depart very suddenly and hurriedly.

2. To use someone or something as a source of income or profit. In this usage, a noun (usually to do with money) is used between "make" and "off."

make off with (someone or something)

To escape with someone or something that has been stolen, snatched, etc.

make off

1. Depart in haste, run away, as in The cat took one look at Richard and made off.

2. make off with. Take something away; also, steal something, as in I can't write it down

Bernie Madoff

Bernard Lawrence Madoff was an American fraudster and financier who ran the largest Ponzi scheme in history, worth about $64.8 billion.

He was at one time chairman of the NASDAQ stock exchange.

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