Definition of one-off in English:



  • Done, made, or happening only once and not repeated.

    ‘one-off tax deductible donations to charity’
    • ‘It is time to stop buying one-off single bottles.’
    • ‘Moreover, large, one-off payments for single books do not immediately conjure up the image of an ongoing, committed publishing relationship.’
    • ‘The department said it was still too early to say if the improvement in the public finances would continue as some of the increase in tax revenues were from one-off items.’
    • ‘Qantas made A $256 million after tax and before one-off items in the six months to December 31.’
    • ‘The machines, which may be extended to other Park & Ride sites in the future, will not be able to deal with one-off single or return tickets.’
    • ‘To start a system of registering all bicycles would be almost impossible, but a one-off tax at point-of-sale for new bicycles would be the easiest answer.’
    • ‘If what happened in Wales were to happen in England, then, whatever Labour may say now, 7 million homes in England would face big one-off jumps in council tax.’
    • ‘Supporters of the club have been invited to make either weekly contributions to the fund over a 40-week period or one-off donations.’
    • ‘However, both re-mortgaging and trading down are largely one-off benefits and unlikely to be repeated.’
    • ‘It is also a rare and one-off opportunity, and it is one we have to get right.’
    • ‘It will replace the existing one-off tax on income.’
    • ‘You can make one-off donations or regular transfers to a charity by direct debit or standing order.’
    • ‘The holiday-homes market also performed well, especially one-off new-builds.’
    • ‘First of all, distinguish between one-off consumption, such as at a party, and habitual alcohol intake, as measured over an average week.’
    • ‘As an Old Firm manager O'Neill is entitled to feel bemused at how two years of good work can be distilled down to the black and white of how his team perform in a single, one-off match.’
    • ‘More traditional players would tend to consider single debtors and one-off transactions unsuitable for invoice discounting.’
    • ‘The single issue, one-off parish poll was conducted 14 months ago, but ever since then a question mark has hung over whether or not the result is enforceable.’
    • ‘The usual pattern was the one-off benefit to private capital of a state asset on the cheap - with debts being expunged and subsidies being provided.’
    • ‘Apart from a one-off benefit show in 1987, this will be the first show anywhere by The Radiators in 24 years.’
    • ‘I think this is really, in a way, a strange and one-off situation.’
    distinctive, individual, special, especial, idiosyncratic, quirky, eccentric, isolated
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  • 1Something done, made, or happening only once, not as part of a regular sequence.

    ‘the meeting is a one-off’
    • ‘Four photographs by Bert Stern, which have been exhibited only once in Japan, are untouched one-offs which show her crow's feet and facial hair.’
    • ‘Paul is treating the meeting as a one-off at present.’
    • ‘I tried to convince myself it was just a one-off until it happened again.’
    • ‘This time last year, Palm recognised earnings of $15.8 million (three cents a share) before one-offs and $11.0 million once they were taken into account.’
    • ‘‘This is a one-off for a special occasion and it's nice to have done it,’ said Mr Yates.’
    • ‘The final is different, a one-off, and anything can happen.’
    • ‘Special non-trading one-offs rightly get taken out to reflect underlying performance.’
    • ‘On Monday, the company said it would make a profit - bar one-offs and special items.’
    • ‘I feel hustle and bustle may be enough to inflict damage in the group stage but once the games become one-offs and we have to go the extra mile to carve out victories I feel we will be once again found lacking.’
    • ‘Hopefully it is not a one-off because it happens to be World Environment Day.’
    • ‘It is not just a one-off that happens with the liquidators.’
    • ‘It's a cup game and they are always one-offs so anything could happen.’
    • ‘The Ascot authorities insist it was a one-off, a special extension of Flat Racing's showpiece to celebrate the Queen's Jubilee.’
    • ‘However, these are one-offs involving special constraints requiring the most sophisticated equipment and represent very much upper cost limits.’
    • ‘It was unfortunate what happened and I am sure it was a one-off.’
    • ‘I paid compensation and it was a blot on my character, but it was a one-off.’
    • ‘But Prof Edwards believes that whatever happens in the Beagle 2 project it is not a one-off.’
    • ‘Some specialize in trading witty one-offs; others prefer thoughtful, meandering conversations.’
    • ‘What happened with my brother wasn't a one-off.’
    • ‘It turns out that this isn't a one-off, but happens every Friday in the summer.’
    1. 1.1A person who is unusual or unique, especially in an admirable way.
      ‘he's a one-off, no one else has his skills’
      • ‘Even amongst the company he kept, Gary was a one-off.’
      • ‘‘No-one should think Roy is a one-off in wanting to speak his mind and stand up,’ the Celtic manager pointed out.’
      • ‘Luke Flanagan aka Ming the Merciless is a one-off: eccentric and radical but with a winning, lively and likeable personality.’
      • ‘Carrey, a lifelong Kaufman fan himself, manages to convey a real magic and the film is a loving tribute to one of the entertainment industry's true one-offs.’
      • ‘Sonny, of Bolton Woods, was a one-off, an irreplaceable character known both in and out of the horse fraternity.’
      • ‘Joyti and Jeffrey are presented as one-offs, bad apples of which Goldman Sachs and the BBC were the unlucky victims.’
      • ‘Malcolm was a complete one-off; a big, bumbling man, who wore dirty, ill-fitting suits and smelt of fags, but was absolutely hilarious when on stage.’
      • ‘I can't understand that mindset, but I also wonder if Jonny is simply a one-off.’
      • ‘Higgins is a one-off, a character, and he made the modern game what it is.’
      • ‘Paul was such a loveable character - a one-off who loved working with and riding horses.’
      • ‘I wouldn't say this about many celebrities but this Charlotte is a genuine one-off.’
      • ‘The first thing to say about Rice is that he is a one-off, a unique talent, and he does things his way.’
      • ‘That's the sort of hunger that marks out great champions from the names you barely remember, the one-offs, fine players at the time and whose achievement merits respect, but not quite the stuff of legends.’
      collector's item, rare person, rare thing, rare bird, marvel, wonder, nonpareil, one of a kind, find, conversation piece
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