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[awf-doo-tee, -dyoo-, of-] /ˈɔfˈdu ti, -ˈdyu-, ˈɒf-/
not engaged in the performance of one's usual work:
an off-duty police officer.
of, relating to, or during a period when a person is not at work.
Origin of off-duty
1850-55 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for off-duty
  • And off-duty rafting guides brave roller-coaster rapids in locally made kayaks.
  • Only a few federal employees at certain agencies, many defense-related, are restricted from partisan activity even while off-duty.
  • The friend shot and killed an off-duty policeman while trying to escape, then killed himself.
  • The off-duty flight engineer attacked the three crewmen.
  • The driver of the motorcycle, who was injured in the accident, was later identified as an off-duty police officer.
  • off-duty officers are scheduled through the police department.
  • All off-duty members and their families are invited to attend as a mark of respect to the deceased.
Word Origin and History for off-duty

1743, from off (adv.) + duty.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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