good off


Shirk work or responsibility, loaf; fool around. For example, We were supposed to be studying but we were really goofing off, or If you ever feel like goofing off, please call me. This idiom was a synonym of goof up during World War II, a usage that has died out. [Slang; 1920s]

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Which Word of the Day from this month means, “an irrational dislike; loathing”?
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