carry on

[carry on] {v.} 1. To cause death of; kill.

Years ago smallpox carried off hundreds of Indians of the Sioux tribe.

Compare: WIPE OUT.

2. To succeed in winning.

Bob carried off honors in science.

Jim carried off two gold medals in the track meet.

3. To succeed somewhat unexpectedly in.

The spy planned to deceive the enemy soldiers and carried it off very well.

In the class play, Lloyd carried off his part surprisingly well.