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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Off \Off\ ([o^]f; 115), adverb [OE. of, orig. the same word as R. of, preposition , AS. of, adverb & preposition [root]194. See {Of}.] 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. [Obs.]

The questions no way touch upon puritanism, either off or on. --Bp. Sanderson.

{From off}, off from; off. "A live coal . . . taken with the tongs from off the altar." --Is. vi. 6.

{Off and on}. (a) Not constantly; not regularly; now and then; occasionally. (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. [Colloq.]

{To come off}, {To cut off}, {To fall off}, {To go 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. [Colloq.]

{To take off} {To do a take-off on}, {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. --Farrow. (b) to rebuke (a person) for an improper action; to scold; to reprimand.

{To be well off}, to be in good condition.

{To be ill off}, {To be badly off}, to be in poor condition.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Off \Off\, noun (Cricket) The side of the field that is on the right of the wicket keeper.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Off \Off\ ([o^]f; 115), interj. Away; begone; -- a command to depart.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Off \Off\, preposition Not on; away from; as, to be off one's legs or off the bed; two miles off the shore. --Addison.

{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} or {To be off one's feed}, (Colloq.) to have no appetite; to be eating less than usual.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Off \Off\, adjective

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. "In the off season." --Thackeray.

3. Designating a time when one's performance is below normal; as, he had an off day. [PJC]

{Off side}. (a) The right hand side in driving; the farther side. See {Gee}. (b) (Cricket) See {Off}, noun

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:



1: from a particular thing or place or position ('forth' is obsolete); "ran away from the lion"; "wanted to get away from there"; "sent the children away to boarding school"; "the teacher waved the children away from the dead animal"; "went off to school"; "they drove off"; "go forth and preach" [syn: {away}, {off}, {forth}]

2: at a distance in space or time; "the boat was 5 miles off (or away)"; "the party is still 2 weeks off (or away)"; "away back in the 18th century" [syn: {off}, {away}]

3: no longer on or in contact or attached; "clean off the dirt"; "he shaved off his mustache"


1: not in operation or operational; "the oven is off"; "the lights are off" [ant: {on}]

2: below a satisfactory level; "an off year for tennis"; "his performance was off"

3: (of events) no longer planned or scheduled; "the wedding is definitely off" [syn: {off}, {cancelled}] [ant: {on}]

4: in an unpalatable state; "sour milk" [syn: {off}, {sour}, {turned}]

5: not performing or scheduled for duties; "He's off every Tuesday"


1: kill intentionally and with premeditation; "The mafia boss ordered his enemies murdered" [syn: {murder}, {slay}, {hit}, {dispatch}, {bump off}, {off}, {polish off}, {remove}]

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