One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A person who is habitually lazy or does less than their fair share of work.
- ‘This was a flight for way-ward pilots, drunks, and general goof-offs.’
- ‘And the nice thing's he's such a dissembling goof-off that nobody ever suspects he'd do any of the things he winds up doing.’
- ‘As he bounced from school to school, the perpetual new kid developed into a serious goof-off.’
- ‘Along the way we meet other prisoners that are wacky, tough guys or goof-offs.’
- ‘Ryan, Meg assessed, was caring, compassionate, and a bit of a goof-off, especially when around his coconspirator, Jay.’
- ‘I Should Be Working is devoted to ‘slackers, goof-offs, procrastinators, loafers, ‘long lunchers’, and web addicted employees worldwide.’’
- ‘It's an unending, escalating arms race between the control freaks and the goof-offs.’
- ‘Ms. Brophy, in one week, has earned the reputation amongst the science department of being able to tame even the wildest goof-offs in school.’
- ‘I know I've been a goof-off in the past, but you really mean a lot to me.’
- ‘Murphy still has the friendly, boyish manner of a longtime goof-off.’
- ‘She didn't tolerate goof-offs and encouraged talent, creativity.’
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