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[n. awf-ouuh r, -ou-er, -ouuh r, -ou-er, of-; adj. awf-ouuh r, -ou-er, of-] /n. ˈɔfˈaʊər, -ˈaʊ ər, -ˌaʊər, -ˌaʊ ər, ˈɒf-; adj. ˈɔfˈaʊər, -ˈaʊ ər, ˈɒf-/
an hour or other period when a person is not at a job:
I spend my off-hours reading.
a period outside of rush hours or greatest activity:
I travel by subway during the off-hours.
of, relating to, or during an off-hour:
The off-hour traffic will be lighter.
Origin of off-hour
1930-35 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • There is no minimum, so small dishes can be ordered for off-hour eating.
  • The room is small, and the wait may still be long, so you might want to time your visit for an off-hour.
  • off-hour coverage for frozen sections, consultation and emergency situations will be provided by call back.
  • Some off-hour work may be needed to complete this job.
  • Mandate the minimum number of supervisors on duty during off-hour shifts.

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