To pair off

Related to To pair off: pare off, pair up
to separate from a group in pairs or couples;
to agree with one of the opposite party or opinion to abstain from voting on specified questions or issues. See Pair, n., 6.

See also: Pair, Pair

References in classic literature ?
WOULD be the most appropriate motto for this chapter, because, intimidated by the threats, denunciations, and complaints showered upon me in consequence of taking the liberty to end a certain story as I liked, I now yield to the amiable desire of giving satisfaction, and, at the risk of outraging all the unities, intend to pair off everybody I can lay my hands on.
Love Island ITV2, 9pm Caroline Flack presents the fourth week of the reality show in which singletons compete to pair off in Majorca, in the hope of finding love - and winning a PS50,000 prize.
WITH Waterford set to be outnumbered in attack, it's difficult to nail down a specific match-up at that end of the field, but in midfield I expect Johnny Coen and Kevin Moran to pair off against David Burke and Jamie Barron.
Curator Matt Lewis said: "We have put our expanded group of lovebirds in a new larger aviary and some of the birds have already started to pair off and show positive courting behaviour."
They attempt to pair off Mary with Tom's boyhood friend Ken (Peter Wight), but it's a match made in misery.
IT'S A WONDERFUL AFTERLIFE This cool lm features Heroes star Sendhil Ramamurthy, Sanjeev Bhasjkar, Zoe Wanamaker, Mark Addy and Sally Hawkins in a story about a mum whose attempts to pair off her daughter end in serial murder.
They also offer 3-1 for Abi, 28, to pair off in an all girl fling with REBECCA LOOS.
To produce fertile offspring, scientists think chromosomes (cell structures that house all the genes) from both a mother and father may need to pair off evenly during meiosis, a process of cell division that produces sex cells.
I think it's natural that we want to pair off. It be somebody younger or older or somebody the same sex or the opposite sex.
That ease of comparison could counteract the trend for buyers and sellers to pair off in "strategic partnerships." Armed with more information, processors might be less exclusive in their buying relationships.
ITV2, 9pm Relationship-based reality show in which singletons seeking a summer of romance compete to pair off in Majorca, in the hope of finding love - and winning a PS50,000 prize.
Love Island ITV2, 9pm Relationship-based reality show in which singletons seeking a summer of romance compete to pair off in Majorca, in the hope of finding love - and winning a PS50,000 prize.