[ 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.
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Origin of off-duty
First recorded in 1850–55
Definition for off duty (2 of 2)
[ doo-tee, dyoo- ]
/ ˈdu ti, ˈdyu- /
noun, plural du·ties.
something that one is expected or required to do by moral or legal obligation.
the binding or obligatory force of something that is morally or legally right; moral or legal obligation.
an action or task required by a person's position or occupation; function: the duties of a clergyman.
the respectful and obedient conduct due a parent, superior, elder, etc.
an act or expression of respect.
a task or chore that a person is expected to perform: It's your duty to do the dishes.
- an assigned task, occupation, or place of service: He was on radar duty for two years.
- the military service required of a citizen by a country: After graduation, he began his duty.
Commerce. a specific or ad valorem tax imposed by law on the import or export of goods.
a payment, service, etc., imposed and enforceable by law or custom.
Chiefly British. tax: income duty.
- the amount of work done by an engine per unit amount of fuel consumed.
- the measure of effectiveness of any machine.
Agriculture. the amount of water necessary to provide for the crop in a given area.
Baby Talk. bowel movement.
1. Duty, obligation refer to what one feels bound to do. Duty is what one performs, or avoids doing, in fulfillment of the permanent dictates of conscience, piety, right, or law: duty to one's country; one's duty to tell the truth, to raise children properly. An obligation is what one is bound to do to fulfill the dictates of usage, custom, or propriety, and to carry out a particular, specific, and often personal promise or agreement: financial obligations.
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British Dictionary definitions for off duty
/ (ˈdjuːtɪ) /
noun plural -ties
a task or action that a person is bound to perform for moral or legal reasons
respect or obedience due to a superior, older persons, etcfilial duty
the force that binds one morally or legally to one's obligations
a government tax, esp on imports
- the quantity or intensity of work for which a machine is designed
- a measure of the efficiency of a machine
the quantity of water necessary to irrigate an area of land to grow a particular crop
- a job or service allocated
- (as modifier)duty rota
do duty for to act as a substitute for
off duty not at work
on duty at work
Word Origin for duty
C13: from Anglo-French dueté, from Old French deu due
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Culture definitions for off duty
A tax charged by a government, especially on an import.
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Idioms and Phrases with off duty (1 of 2)
see under on duty.
Idioms and Phrases with off duty (2 of 2)
In addition to the idiom beginning with duty
- duty bound
- above and beyond (the call of duty)
- active duty
do one's dutydouble dutyoff dutyon duty.
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