What does OFF mean?

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off meanings

The word ‘off’ has many different meanings. Below you will find the most common ones with examples.

[Tweet “OFF = Away: Why did you run off?“]

away

CALL OFF meaning (phrasal verb)

CALL OFF meaning (phrasal verb)
CALL OFF meaning (phrasal verb)
  • Why did you run off?
  • Off you go!

[Tweet “OFF = something is removed: I always wash off my makeup before going to bed.”] 

something is removed

  • I always wash off my makeup before going to bed.
  • I can’t take the lid off this jar.

[Tweet “OFF = cancelled: Have you heard? Jake’s wedding is off.”]

cancelled

  • Have you heard? Jake’s wedding is off.
  • ‘Is the meeting still on?’ ‘No, it’s off.’

[Tweet “OFF = not functioning/ not connected: Is the TV off? What are the kids doing?”]

not functioning/ not connected

  • Is the TV off? What are the kids doing?
  • You can’t have a shower now. The water is off.

[Tweet “OFF = away from work: I’ve got so much work today. Kate and Sharon are off.”]

away from work

  • I’ve got so much work today. Kate and Sharon are off.
  • Can I take a day off tomorrow?

[Tweet “OFF = away from a place: Keep off the grass!”]

away from a place

  • Keep off the grass!
  • I fell off the horse when I had my first riding lesson.

[Tweet “OFF = no longer fresh enough to eat: This cheese is off, throw it away.”]

no longer fresh enough to eat

  • This cheese is off, throw it away.
  • Does this fish smell off?

[Tweet “OFF = not on the menu anymore: Sorry, madam. The chicken satay is off.”]

not on the menu anymore

  • Sorry, madam. The chicken satay is off.
  • I’m afraid the fish is off (the menu).

 

Read more:
I’m off! What does it mean?
Difference Between OF and OFF!
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FALL OVER vs FALL OFF

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