Off

Definition of Off

Pronunciation: ǒf; 115
adv.1.In a general sense, denoting from or away from; as:
1.Denoting distance or separation; as, the house is a mile off.
2.Denoting the action of removing or separating; separation; as, to take off the hat or cloak; to cut off, to pare off, to clip off, to peel off, to tear off, to march off, to fly off, and the like.
3.Denoting a leaving, abandonment, departure, abatement, interruption, or remission; as, the fever goes off; the pain goes off; the game is off; all bets are off.
4.Denoting a different direction; not on or towards: away; as, to look off.
5.Denoting opposition or negation.
The questions no way touch upon puritanism, either off or on.
- Bp. Sanderson.
From off
off from; off.
Off and on
a - Not constantly; not regularly; now and then; occasionally.
- Is. vi. 6.
b - (Naut.) On different tacks, now toward, and now away from, the land.
To be off
a - To depart; to escape; as, he was off without a moment's warning.
b - To be abandoned, as an agreement or purpose; as, the bet was declared to be off.
To come off
etc. See under Come, Cut, Fall, Go, etc.
To get off
a - To utter; to discharge; as, to get off a joke.
b - To go away; to escape; as, to get off easily from a trial.
To take off
to mimic, lampoon, or impersonate.
To tell off
a - (Mil.) to divide and practice a regiment or company in the several formations, preparatory to marching to the general parade for field exercises.
b - to rebuke (a person) for an improper action; to scold; to reprimand.
- Farrow.
To be well off
to be in good condition.
To be ill off
to be in poor condition.
interj.1.Away; begone; - a command to depart.
prep.1.Not on; away from; as, to be off one's legs or off the bed; two miles off the shore.
Off hand
See Offhand.
Off side
(Football) out of play; - said when a player has got in front of the ball in a scrimmage, or when the ball has been last touched by one of his own side behind him.
To be off color
a - to be of a wrong color.
b - to be mildly obscene.
To be off one's food
to have no appetite; to be eating less than usual.
a.1.On the farther side; most distant; on the side of an animal or a team farthest from the driver when he is on foot; in the United States, the right side; as, the off horse or ox in a team, in distinction from the nigh or near horse or ox; the off leg.
2.Designating a time when one is not strictly attentive to business or affairs, or is absent from his post, and, hence, a time when affairs are not urgent; as, he took an off day for fishing: an off year in politics.
3.Designating a time when one's performance is below normal; as, he had an off day.
Off side
a - The right hand side in driving; the farther side.
b - (Cricket) See Off, n.
n.1.(Cricket) The side of the field that is on the right of the wicket keeper.

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