Definition of off year in English:

off year

noun

US
  • 1A year in which there is no major election, especially one in which there is a Congressional election but no Presidential election.

    as modifier ‘November was an off-year election month’
    • ‘They buy, I believe, books like these as a way of voting against the president in an off year.’
    • ‘I'm wondering if the press will take a few local races in this off year and try to sort of imbue it with some kind of national significance.’
    • ‘He went out in an off year and campaigned heavily, and appears to certainly have a more controlling voice in the House.’
    • ‘‘Even in an off year there's going to be elections like these that we need to focus on,’ Gross said.’
    • ‘As the former New York GOP state chair recently said, ‘There are no more off years.’’
    • ‘In all the elections in these off years, politicians and consultants like to look and see what the leading indicators will be.’
    • ‘After sustaining a political high for much of 2004, those who crave the adrenaline of campaign season may dread the election doldrums of an off year.’
    • ‘A lot of political consultants and policy wonks who specialize in local races also like to have local races in off years because they know not many people vote then.’
  • 2A year that is inferior or substandard compared to previous ones.

    ‘it's very difficult to make good wines in off years’
    • ‘We're having an off year, so we've gotta make the most with what we've got.’
    • ‘After an off year in 1954, Roy had his fateful 1955 season.’
    • ‘If it were up to those two superior talents, we psychotronic fans could just consider this an off year for the business.’
    • ‘During their off years, I'm told, the 17-year locusts survive by patiently sucking sap from the roots of trees.’
    • ‘Why has Penn State had two off years?’
    • ‘Some in England are blaming this off year on a new commercial focus in British film.’
    • ‘This may be the end of the line for this big, fast wide receiver who is 30 years old and has had a number of off years when he wasn't in the greatest shape to begin with.’
    • ‘2004 is an off year for Mars, at least in the night sky.’
    • ‘Not content just being a rock/folk bard, he once spent an off year releasing bluegrass and dub side projects mere weeks apart.’
    • ‘Some say he had an off year, and yet he still led the league in scoring.’
    • ‘Congress often has off years - but 2003 marks a low point for the legislative branch.’
    • ‘Gonzalez's injury-plagued off year and his lack of dependability could make him a potential bargain now that he has sabotaged much of his contract leverage.’
    • ‘A number of star players in mid-career recovered form from off years or inhibiting injuries to keep their teams in contention in the division title races.’
    • ‘They are the highest-ranked starters for the first time since 2002 after proving off years in '03 were the result of injury, not age.’
    • ‘If the inline skate category has an off year, they simply turn their attention to something else.’
    • ‘Throw in the Griffey hamstring and you have the makings of a really bad off year.’
    • ‘With so many injuries and players having off years, the team must find other ways to win.’
    • ‘In the 1964 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan, we again had another off year, not winning any medals although performing creditably.’
    • ‘The margin was partly attributable to Sosa's off year and the team's struggles at third base until Ramirez's arrival in July.’
    • ‘Phone centers that sell copier toner or hype credit cards in the off years probably aren't going to be too savvy when it comes to the nuances of political telecommunication.’

Pronunciation

off year

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