Definition of off in English:
- Terrified, Mr Austin did as he was told and then called the police after seeing his car speed off into the distance.
- A policewoman told a jury how she ran after a driver who sped off as she was questioning him.
- Closing the distance between us she veered off to my left and stood beside me, facing in the opposite direction.
- Traffic is a nightmare by about 4pm for a few hours and there is only one route off.
- You can either go down the well-trodden route or detour off onto another track.
- The branch line can be mapped as a line running next to the main line until the location where they split off.
- The site was cordoned off and US military officials removed top secret equipment.
- The best way to lose weight and keep it off is to remove as much fat from the diet as possible.
- They placed her in the recovery position and took her coat off, using their own clothes to keep her warm.
- However her health was not good enough to allow this and she was forced to take another year off on sick leave.
- Because I am still off sick I feel duty bound to stay indoors all day and do nothing.
- What will they do with their children all week long when swimming is out of the question until dad is off at the weekend.
- Midwives from Epsom and St Helier NHS Trust are off on a research journey to China.
- The teenager had waited with a female friend at a bus stop before heading off on the short journey home.
- Once my sleigh is packed and ready to go, I'll be off on my journey around the world.
- The festival will be rounded off on Sunday with a free and easy all-in open session.
- ‘It can't be,’ said Carl, his voice trailing off.
- Talks between the two sides broke off in May.
- While some high profile projects have been killed off, in the main the government has no idea how to replace them.
- She returned the money when, on the day of the ceremony, the wedding was called off.
- Apparently, there had been an announcement on a local radio station saying the event was off.
- Give us fruit, cheese, or just tell us dessert is off, but spare us monstrosities like ‘tartufo’, a ball of synthetic vanilla ice cream in a saccharine-sweet meringue jacket.
- For starters, I went for deep-fried lobster tails, only to be told the lobster was off.
- Speakers would cut out at random, and would only come back on when I turned the amp off and on again, or turned it up to full volume.
- She was grateful that she had found some candles, because the power had been flickering off and on.
- When I switch the engine off and on and activate the wiper lever they restart - although this is of little help on the motorway.
- He found that the company was not nearly as badly off as he had initially thought.
- I went over and he said, ‘How are you off for grub?’
- Arthur's a lot better off than half the population - he's got a home and a steady job.
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- She folded her arms and Kev reluctantly jumped down off the stage so he didn't have to yell all the way across the room.
- I keep a waste paper bin next to the chair I sit on so I had visions of it having bounced off the arm of the chair and into the bin.
- Like a true Brit, I hold on to summer until the last leaves have fallen off the trees.
- Situated just off Filey's main thoroughfare, this proved to be a busy venue.
- The new pool in the Gorbals is off the main bus route and, in any case, the ladies are not allowed to book it.
- There were three different types of toilets in the yards off the main street.
- Eventually, Frank and his comrades anchored three miles off the French coast at day break.
- American authorities will have an aircraft carrier anchored off the coast.
- Several types of endangered sea turtles live in the waters off the Angolan coast.
- I wrote to the originator of the list and told them please take my name off your list as I have no interest in being in your group.
- She closed her eyes for a moment as she tore the tarpaulin off the person beneath it.
- The ship suffered huge damage, which ultimately caused the keel to tear itself off the boat's hull.
- He said the workers plan to remain off work until the money is paid into their accounts.
- The doctor has given me a week off work to rest and recuperate.
- As a response to this action some employees have stayed off the job for almost two weeks.
- In the future all I hope is that I stay off drugs and keep clean, get my children back, get my own house and a good job.
- He has embarked on yet another comeback and is apparently off the booze.
- The alcohol reacted to my system in a way that has turned me off alcohol for life.
- With the onset of summer, the Big Cats suddenly go off food and spend most of the time in water.
- And then I woke this morning to little IM messages from Greg… mmmmm! But I'm still off men.
- I saw one of these rooms in Chinook and it was enough to turn me off food for a couple of hours.
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- It could be, of course, that he just had an off night for he faded after a bright opening.
- Episode II is probably the weakest so for but then we all have an off day now and then.
- He just has an off day at Cheltenham and the flatter Aintree circuit suits him much better.
- The 19-year-old student woke up feeling ‘a bit off’ but went to her part-time job at a clothing store anyway.
- Am feeling a little off today - like I might be coming down with something.
- I sit out by the loft and observe the birds a lot and if one looks a bit off I can see it.
- The manager also arrived to apologise, though he did not agree with my view that the fish was off.
- Her coffee was bad, maybe the milk was off.
- The brining solution in the can may react to the metal and give the olives an off taste.
- Sometimes I think it's a bit off when clubs expect you to make a choice.
- We were there to learn and listening to a boring old bloke talking about things which we considered irrelevant to 17 year old West Midlanders was a bit off.
- She seemed to be a bit off with me and I felt like crying.
- The woman who wrote the report was really off with me right from the minute we met.
- What's up, mate? You're really off.
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- Headland bats with real style and is deadly square of the wicket on the off side.
- The fields above the village were terraced and the leg-side fielders stood six feet above the wicket while those on the off side were six feet below it.
- Bradman hit only one four in front of the wicket on the off, but 14 to the on by means of drives and his celebrated pull.
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- I understood that comprehensive education was designed to call a halt to the tragedy of those left behind when the grammar school kids upped and offed.
- It was revealed last week that Desmond has relocated his business to avoid tax in Britain-in other words, he's upped and offed in search of a better life.
- Thankfully most of the fashionista lookalikes have upped and offed by now, and so much the better.
- Maybe it's just me, but I don't think the best way to prove your innocence of murder is by offing a bunch of law enforcement officers.
- Two of the robbers are brothers, and one becomes violently angry when the cop offs his sibling.
- In the meantime, they assassinated their vice president and just missed offing the president.
Old English, originally a variant of of (which combined the senses of 'of' and 'off').
Off of is often used in place of the preposition off in contexts such as she picked it up off of the floor (compared with she picked it up off the floor). Although off of is recorded from the 16th century (it was used by Shakespeare) and is logically parallel to the standard out of, it is regarded as incorrect in standard modern English.
off and on
- Intermittently; now and then.Example sentences
- Yet it was the beginning of a struggle with alcohol which for the next four years, off and on, got me into trouble.
- You know, I've been talking to Judy off and on about this case for the last year.
- As someone who has tried to cast light on the mystery off and on for the last 40 years, I was becoming increasingly sceptical.
- see limit.Synonymsperiodically, at intervals, on and off, (every) once in a while, every so often, (every) now and then/again, from time to time, occasionally, on occasion, on occasions, on the odd occasion, at times, sometimes, sporadically, spasmodically, erratically, irregularly, intermittently, in/by fits and starts, fitfully, discontinuously, piecemeal;interruptedly