Idioms for off

Origin of off

orig. stressed variant of of1

usage note for off

The phrasal preposition off of is old in English, going back to the 16th century. Although usage guides reject it as redundant, recommending off without of, the phrase is widespread in speech, including that of the educated: Let's watch as the presidential candidates come off of the rostrum and down into the audience. Off of is rare in edited writing except to give the flavor of speech.

Definition for off (2 of 3)

-off

a suffixal use of the adverb off, forming nouns that denote competitions, especially between the finalists of earlier competitions or as a means of deciding a tie: cookoff; playoff; runoff.

Definition for off (3 of 3)

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British Dictionary definitions for off

Word Origin for off

originally variant of of; fully distinguished from it in the 17th century

usage for off

In standard English, off is not followed by of: he stepped off (not off of) the platform
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Idioms and Phrases with off

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