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write off

(rīt awf)
An amount deducted from a patient's account balance due to a contracted negotiation or other factor (e.g., pro bono work).
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He did not know how long an article he should write, but he counted the words in a double-page article in the Sunday supplement of the SAN FRANCISCO EXAMINER, and guided himself by that.
He would write an adventure story for boys and sell it to THE YOUTH'S COMPANION.
While his imagination was fanciful, even fantastic at times, he had a basic love of reality that compelled him to write about the things he knew.
Besides, there had not been any news value in his article, and most likely the editor would write to him about it first.
He told her of what he had been doing, and of his plan to write for a livelihood and of going on with his studies.
Now writers are so much better paid than blacksmiths that there must be ever so many more men who would like to write, who - try to write.
And don't forget that I feel in me this capacity to write - I can't explain it; I just know that it is in me.
For some reason I believe that if I write it down I should get rid of it.
I will write a message that you may take to them, and they will follow you.
May I ask how it is that one who writes English does not speak it?
I was too young to think of doing so immediately; besides, I wished to learn how to write, as I might have oc- casion to write my own pass.
The idea as to how I might learn to write was suggested to me by being in Durgin and Bailey's ship-yard, and frequently seeing the ship carpenters, after hewing, and getting a piece of timber ready for use, write on the timber the name of that part of the ship for which it was intended.