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1‘the youths scrambled out of the car and ran off’
away, to a distance, from here, from there
2‘David took a day off’
away, absent, out, unavailable, not working, not at work, off duty, on holiday, on leave, free, at leisure, idle
North American on vacation
1‘strawberries are off’
unavailable, unobtainable, finished, sold out
2‘due to a waterlogged pitch, the game was called off’
cancelled, postponed, called off, abandoned, shelved
3‘the fish/milk is off’
rotten, bad, stale, mouldy, high, sour, rancid, turned, spoiled, putrid, putrescent
4‘I felt decidedly off’
5‘his boss deducted the money from his pay, which was a bit off’
unfair, unjust, uncalled for, below the belt, unacceptable, unjustified, unjustifiable, unreasonable, unsatisfactory, unwarranted, unnecessary, inequitable
informal a bit much
British informal out of order, a bit thick
Australian NZ informal over the fence
6‘he was being really off with me’
unfriendly, aloof, cool, cold, distant, chilly, frosty, hostile, frigid, unresponsive, unapproachable, uncommunicative
informal stand-offish, offish
‘the book he has been working at, off and on, for over 20 years’
periodically, at intervals, on and off, every so often, every now and again, every now and then, from time to time, occasionally, on occasion, on occasions, on the odd occasion, at times, sometimes, sporadically, spasmodically, erratically, irregularly, intermittently, by fits and starts, in fits and starts, fitfully, discontinuously, piecemeal
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