Leave, depart, as in I'm off to the races; wish me luck. This phrase, first recorded in 1826, was once commonly used as an imperative, meaning "go away"as in Be off or I'll call the policebut today is rare in this context.
Be in poor condition; be stale or spoiled; not work properly. For example, This milk must be off; it tastes sour, or The kitchen clock is off by at least five minutes. [Early 1990s]
Be free from work, school, or some other regular occupation, as in The secretary is off today, but perhaps I can find it. [Mid-1800s]
Decline, as in The industrial stocks are off 50 points today. This usage, nearly always applied to securities or other prices, was first recorded in 1929, the year of the great stock market crash.
|an extraordinary or unusual thing, person, or event; an exceptional example or instance.|
|the offspring of a zebra and a donkey.|
Dictionary.com presents 366 FAQs, incorporating some of the frequently asked questions from the past with newer queries.