In a direction away from the speaker or object.
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Into a state of non-operation; into a state of non-existence.
* Used in many , off'' is an adverbial particle often mistakenly thought of as a preposition. (It ''can be used as a preposition, but such usage is rare and usually informal; see below.)
* away, out
* on, in
* back off
* bite off
* break off
* bring off
* call off
* clean off
* cut off, cutoff
* die off
* drop off
* fall off
* fuck off
* get off
* go off
* goof off
* hold off
* keep off
* kick off, kickoff
* knock off
* lay off, layoff
* leave off
* let off
* light off
* live off
* make off
* make off with
* nod off
* pay off, payoff
* piss off
* pull off
* put off
* ring off
* rip off, ripoff
* round off
* run off, runoff
* see off
* set off
* show off, showoff
* sleep off
* shake off
* switch off
* take off
* tell off
* tick off
* turn off, turnoff
* walk it off
* wear off
:All the lights are off .
:This milk is off !
(cricket) In, or towards the half of the field away from the batsman's legs; the right side for a right-handed batsman.
Less than normal, in temperament or in result.
:sales are off this quarter
Circumstanced (as in well off'', ''better off'', ''poorly off ).
Started on the way.
:off to see the wizard
:And they're off ! Whatsmyname takes an early lead, with Remember The Mane behind by a nose.
Far; off to the side.
:the off horse or ox in a team, in distinction from the nigh or near horse
*:So this was my future home, I thought!Backed by towering hills, the but faintly discernible purple line of the French boundary off to the southwest, a sky of palest Gobelin flecked with fat, fleecy little clouds, it in truth looked a dear little city; the city of one's dreams.
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*:He came in, took a look and squinched down into a chair in an off corner and didn’t open his mouth.
Designating a time when one is not strictly attentive to business or affairs, or is absent from a post, and, hence, a time when affairs are not urgent.
:He took an off''' day for fishing. an '''off''' year in politics; the '''off season
* (inoperative) on
* (rotten) fresh
* (cricket) on, leg
* off to the races
(Used to indicate movement away from a position on)
(colloquial) Out of the possession of.
- I took it off''' the table.''; ''Come '''off the roof!
Away from or not on.
- He didn't buy it off''' him. He stole it '''off him.
Disconnected or subtracted from.
- He's off''' the computer, but he's still on the phone.''; ''Keep '''off the grass.
- We've been off''' the grid for three days now.''; ''He took 20% '''off the list price.
No longer wanting or taking.
- We're just off''' the main road.''; ''The island is 23 miles ' off the cape.
- He's been off''' his feed since Tuesday.''; ''He's '''off his meds again.
- Tantalum bar 6 off 3/8" Dia × 12" — Atom, Great Britain Atomic Energy Authority, 1972
- samples submitted … 12 off Thermistors type 1K3A531 … — BSI test report for shock and vibration testing, 2000
- I'd like to re-order those printer cartridges, let's say 5-off .
* off one's feed
(slang) To kill.
(Singapore) To switch off.
- He got in the way so I had him offed .
- Can you off the light?
* off-licence, off-license, offie, offy
(colloquial, Scotland, Northern England) away, not here, off
(Scotland, Northern England, colloquial) leaving, on one's way
* April 24 2009 , FirParkCorner - Should I Stay or Should I Go?
- However, the signing of Michael Fraser on a pre-contract from Inverness may suggest Smith is offski .
(Scotland, Northern England, colloquial) to leave, depart, set off