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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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  • Jets could deploy off-base completely, or to sites on the periphery, taking off from taxiways and roads.
  • Most of the solutions people have offered have been wildly off-base.
  • Many of the solutions they proposed were wildly off-base.
  • The student's main point about the language of the speech was true, but the comment about the election was completely off-base.
  • Much explanation has come to light to show that such a conclusion of malfeasance is off-base.
  • Your claim that the left lacks moral principles is absolutely off-base.
  • The whole fat-exec-who-doesn't-deserve-to-be-there characterization is way off-base.
  • The base groundwater contamination does not pose a public health hazard to off-base residents.
  • The source of the contamination was an off-base dry cleaners.
  • The contamination was caused by both on- and off-base sources.
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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