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OFF, adjective auf. Most distant; as the off horse in a team.

OFF, adverb auf.

1. From, noting distance. The house is a mile off

2. From, with the action of removing or separating; as, to take off the hat or cloke. So we say, to cut off to pare off to clip off to peel off to tear off to march off to fly off

3. From, noting separation; as, the match is off

4. From, noting departure, abatement, remission or a leaving. The fever goes off; the pain goes off

5. In painting, it denotes projection or relief.

This comes off well and excellent.

6. From, a way; not towards; as, to look off; opposed to on or toward.

7. On the opposite side of a question.

The questions no way touch upon puritanism, either off or on.

OFF hand, without study or preparation. She plays a tune off hand. He speaks fluently off hand.

OFF and on, at one time applying and engaged, then absent or remiss.

To be off in colloquial language, to depart or to recede from an agreement or design.

To come off to escape, or to fare in the event.

1. To get off to alight; to come down.

2. To make escape

1. To go off to depart; to desert.

2. To take fire; to be discharged; as a gun.

Well off ill off badly off having good or ill success.

OFF, preposition

1. Not on; as, to be off one's legs. He was not off the bed the whole day.

2. Distant from; as about two miles off this town. [Not now used.]

OFF, as an exclamation, is a command to depart, either with or without contempt or abhorrence.