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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How to use off-duty in a sentence
A passing off-duty school safety officer named Fred Lucas said that he had been told the man was a drug dealer.
The NOPD fired Knight in 1973 for stealing lumber from a construction site as an off-duty cop.
They selected an “easy mark” who turned out to be an off-duty NYC Housing Authority cop named James Carragher.His First Day Out Of Jail After 40 Years: Adjusting To Life Outside | Justin Rohrlich | January 3, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
The theater manager called security, and three moonlighting off-duty police deputies arrived.How the U.S. Justice System Screws Prisoners with Disabilities | Elizabeth Picciuto | December 16, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Three off-duty cops working as security guards apprehended Saylor and proceeded to restrain him in an ultimately fatal fashion.Worse Than Eric Garner: Cops Who Got Away With Killing Autistic Men and Little Girls | Emily Shire | December 4, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
She enjoyed her work in Egypt, and found many opportunities for interesting expeditions in her off-duty time.A Patriotic Schoolgirl | Angela Brazil
At last Tabs saw how she looked in her off-duty moments, when she wasn't occupied with being respectful.The Kingdom Round the Corner | Coningsby Dawson
I'm just going off-duty now, ma'm; the night shift came on about ten minutes ago, at six o'clock.Joan Thursday | Louis Joseph Vance
It took all the off-duty men from six precincts to handle the last riot.A Matter of Importance | William Fitzgerald Jenkins
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
Other Idioms and Phrases with off-duty
see under on duty.
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