One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
in imperative Said when vigorously expressing disbelief.
- ‘OK, there are bound to be borderlines for teenagers - but come off it.’
- ‘Oh, come off it, it's true that they can be justly blamed for all sorts of devilish chicanery, but your presumption is crazy.’
- ‘So everything I do, there's this little bit of me that's saying, Hey, come off it, you can't do this.’
- ‘My honest (and admittedly, somewhat cruel) reaction is ‘Oh, come off it, you're not that special.’’
- ‘Indeed, she claims that there is an unspoken English rule that she calls ‘the importance of not being earnest’, along with a peculiarly English injunction to say, ‘Oh, come off it!’’
- ‘‘Oh come off it, mate,’ he said, because he is not only a hawk, but has a keen and impatient mind.’
- ‘‘Oh, come off it,’ I said, when they started raving.’
- ‘Come off it, that's not something ‘worth remembering’.’
- ‘Well, I say hooray for the older man, too, but come off it.’
- ‘I can accept there would be a little disappointment associated with a camp designed for children's activities being cancelled but come off it, surely the child could make do with either the swimming pool or the beach.’
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