off ter live?

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Hello everybody !
What does "off ter live" mean ?. The context is the following :
'S-s-sorry,' sobbed Hagrid, taking out a large spotted handkerchief and burying his face in it. 'But I c-c-can't stand it - Lily an' James dead - an' poor little Harry off ter live with Muggles -'
(J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, p. 17)
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"Ter" is just Hagrid's way of pronouncing "to." (It might be a particular British regional pronunciation, but I don't know which one.) He is saying that Harry has gone off (gone away) to live with Muggles.
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