Definition of time off in English:

time off


mass noun
  • Time for rest or recreation away from one's usual work or studies.

    ‘we're too busy to take time off’
    • ‘However, an ill labourer has to take time off without benefit of salary or proper medicines.’
    • ‘We must all take time off now to verify the details on the roster instead of waiting for the last minute.’
    • ‘The problem with holidays is that you can't take time off without having to catch up afterwards.’
    • ‘There is no express right for workers to take time off to attend a religious festival if it is not covered by statutory holidays.’
    • ‘Some 13 firefighters also had to take time off to recover from injuries suffered.’
    • ‘So we never tour for more than three or four weeks at a time, and then we take time off.’
    • ‘There can be a lot of catching up to do and if you take time off then you can't go back in at the same level, because so much will have changed.’
    • ‘My wife and I have a four week old and I had to take time off using my holiday entitlement.’
    • ‘We were all graduates and before choosing to take time off to have children all had professional jobs.’
    • ‘Owen says he would happily take time off to stay at home with the girls.’
    • ‘I want to take time off from life in order to do all those other things I want.’
    • ‘You also have to take time off during your study period so that you don't burn out.’
    • ‘Besides, Andrew points out, many people actually enjoy their work and don't want to be told when to take time off.’
    • ‘When in place this law will allow employees to take time off from work on religious grounds - for instance to pray.’
    • ‘I admit I did wonder when I broke my toe at one point and had to take time off.’
    • ‘Feel free to take time off and put all inconvenient issues on the back burner.’
    • ‘Meanwhile Ms Roberts is so committed to her work, it's a battle to make her take time off.’
    • ‘He was wanting me to tell him dates I would be wanting to take time off, so that his figures would balance.’
    • ‘Maternity leave will be transferable, so that the father can take time off.’
    • ‘Women are more likely to have career breaks than men because they are more likely to take time off when they have children.’
    break, rest, period of leave, day off, week off, month off, recess, school holiday, half-term
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