off-base

[ awf-beys, of- ]
/ ˈɔfˈbeɪs, ˈɒf- /

adjective

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

Origin of off-base

First recorded in 1935–40
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off-base


adv.

"unawares," 1936, American English, from off (adv.) + base (n.); a figurative extension from baseball sense of "not in the right position" (1898), from notion of a baserunner being picked off while taking a lead.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper