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[awf-doo-tee, -dyoo-, of-] /ˈɔfˈdu ti, -ˈdyu-, ˈɒf-/
not engaged in the performance of one's usual work:
an off-duty police officer.
of, relating to, or during a period when a person is not at work.
Origin of off-duty
First recorded in 1850-55 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • As the off-duty man stumbled out of the wheelhouse, the skipper also turned to leave.

    Commander Lawless V.C. Rolf Bennett
  • On off-duty days Pierre is my gardener at eleven sous an hour.

    A Village of Vagabonds F. Berkeley Smith
  • Mac came into the half-ruined dugout where the off-duty machine gunners were making tea over a fire of splintered logs.

    Kitchener's Mob James Norman Hall
  • In his spells of off-duty Branscombe was a regular book-worm.

  • She took her anxieties out walking several times on her off-duty, but nothing seemed to come of it.

    Love Stories Mary Roberts Rinehart
Word Origin and History for off-duty

1743, from off (adv.) + duty.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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