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Off    : ['ɔf]
Off \Off\ ([o^]f; 115), interj.
Away; begone; -- a command to depart.
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Off \Off\, prep.
Not on; away from; as, to be off one's legs or off the bed;
two miles off the shore. --Addison.
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{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.
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Off \Off\ ([o^]f; 115), adv. [OE. of, orig. the same word as R.
of, prep., AS. of, adv. & prep. [root]194. See {Of}.]
In a general sense, denoting from or away from; as:
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1. Denoting distance or separation; as, the house is a mile
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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.
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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.
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4. Denoting a different direction; not on or towards: away;
as, to look off.
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5. Denoting opposition or negation. [Obs.]
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The questions no way touch upon puritanism, either
off or on. --Bp.
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{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;
(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.
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Off \Off\, 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.
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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.
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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. See
(b) (Cricket) See {Off}, n.
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Off \Off\, n. (Cricket)
The side of the field that is on the right of the wicket
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adv 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" [synonym: {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" [synonym: {off}, {away}]
3: no longer on or in contact or attached; "clean off the dirt";
"he shaved off his mustache"
adj 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" [synonym: {off}, {cancelled}] [ant: {on}]
4: in an unpalatable state; "sour milk" [synonym: {off}, {sour},
5: not performing or scheduled for duties; "He's off every
v 1: kill intentionally and with premeditation; "The mafia boss
ordered his enemies murdered" [synonym: {murder}, {slay},
{hit}, {dispatch}, {bump off}, {off}, {polish off},

332 Moby Thesaurus words for "off":
aberrant, abnormal, abroad, absonant, absurd, adrift, adulterated,
all abroad, all off, all wrong, aloof, amiss, askew, astray,
at a distance, at fault, at leisure, at liberty, at loose ends,
atonal, available, away, awry, babbling, barring, below par,
below standard, below the mark, bereft of reason, beside the mark,
blast, blemished, blot out, blown, brainsick, bump off,
cacophonous, casual, clockwise, conservative, contrasting, corrupt,
counter, crackbrained, cracked, crazed, crazy, croak, curious,
daft, damaged, deceptive, defective, deficient, delirious, deluded,
delusive, demented, deprived of reason, deranged, deviant,
deviational, deviative, dexter, dextral, dextrocardial,
dextrocerebral, dextrocular, dextrogyrate, dextrogyratory,
dextropedal, dextrorotary, dextrorse, diaphonic, different,
disconsonant, discordant, discounting, disengaged, disharmonic,
disharmonious, disoriented, disparate, dissimilar, dissonant,
distantly, distorted, distraught, divergent, diverse, dizzy, do in,
down, eccentric, erase, errant, erring, erroneous, except,
excepting, exception taken of, excluding, exclusive of, extra,
fallacious, fallible, fallow, false, fat, faultful, faulty, fix,
flat, flawed, flighty, forth, found wanting, freaked out, freaky,
free, from, frowy, funny, gamy, get, giddy, give the business,
grating, gun down, hallucinated, hardly like, harsh, hence,
heretical, heterodox, high, hit, ice, idle, illogical, illusory,
immature, immelodious, impaired, imperfect, imprecise, impure,
in blue water, inaccurate, inadequate, incidental, incoherent,
incomplete, inexact, inharmonic, inharmonious, insane, irrational,
jobless, kooky, lacking, lay out, leaving out, leisure, leisured,
less, lightheaded, loco, lumpen, lunatic, mad, maddened, makeshift,
manic, mazed, mediocre, mental, mentally deficient, meshuggah,
minus, mixed, moon-struck, musicless, negligible, non compos,
non compos mentis, nonmelodious, nonuniform, not all there,
not counting, not perfect, not right, not true, occasional,
oceanward, oceanwards, odd, oddball, of unsound mind, off duty,
off soundings, off the track, off the wall, off work, off-key,
off-tone, offbeat, offshore, otiose, out, out of employ,
out of harness, out of pitch, out of soundings, out of tone,
out of tune, out of work, out-of-the-way, outlandish, outside,
over, part-time, partial, passing strange, patchy, peccant,
peculiar, perverse, perverted, polish off, psycho, quaint, queer,
rambling, rancid, rank, ranting, raucous, raving, reactionary,
reasonless, reechy, remotely, right, right-hand, right-wing,
right-wingish, rub out, save, scarcely like, seaward, seawards,
self-contradictory, senseless, settle, sharp, short, shrill, sick,
side, singular, sketchy, slack, slender, slight, slim, sluggish,
small, sour, soured, spare, stale, starboard, stark-mad,
stark-staring mad, strange, straying, strident, strong,
substandard, tainted, take care of, tetched, thence, therefrom,
thereof, touched, tuneless, turned, unalike, unbalanced,
undeveloped, unearthly, unemployable, unemployed, uneven,
unfactual, unfinished, unharmonious, unhinged, unidentical, unlike,
unmatched, unmelodious, unmusical, unoccupied, unorthodox,
unperfected, unproved, unresembling, unsame, unsane, unsettled,
unsimilar, unsound, unthorough, untrue, untunable, untuned,
untuneful, wandering, wanting, waste, weird, whence, wide,
wipe out, without, witless, wondrous strange, wrong, zap

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