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[awf-beys, of-] /ˈɔfˈbeɪs, ˈɒf-/
located outside the perimeters of a military base:
off-base housing for officers.
Origin of off-base
1935-40 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The committee wanted the recommendations on off-base discrimination contained in its initial report also applied overseas.

  • These excuses for not dealing with off-base discrimination continued throughout the decade.

  • It is hard enough to be told that you are off-base and that your behavior has been bad when an adult says the damning words.

    The Fourth R George Oliver Smith
  • The local commander also arranged for the desegregation of some off-base social facilities in a effort to improve black morale.

Word Origin and History for off-base

"unawares," 1936, American English, from off (adv.) + base (n.); a figurative extension from baseball sense of "not in the right position" (1898), from notion of a baserunner being picked off while taking a lead.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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