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off-base

[ awf-beys, of- ]
/ ˈɔfˈbeɪs, ˈɒf- /
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adjective

located outside the perimeters of a military base: off-base housing for officers.

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Origin of off-base

First recorded in 1935–40
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off base

Wrong, relying on a mistaken premise, as in His description of the accounting system was totally off base. This metaphoric term originated in baseball, where a runner who steps off a base can be put out. [c. 1940]

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