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[ awf-beys, of- ]


  1. located outside the perimeters of a military base:

    off-base housing for officers.

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Word History and Origins

Origin of off-base1

First recorded in 1935–40

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Idioms and Phrases

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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Example Sentences

Fox News, which had championed, and loudly predicted, a Mitt Romney win, was proven embarrassingly off-base.

But Boot's post is hilariously off-base: its argument can't even be reconciled with the very information he presents.

As many fact checkers quickly elucidated, the assertion was wildly off-base.

But the caricature of GM as a dysfunctional jobs exporter is off-base.

It is hard enough to be told that you are off-base and that your behavior has been bad when an adult says the damning words.

These excuses for not dealing with off-base discrimination continued throughout the decade.

The committee wanted the recommendations on off-base discrimination contained in its initial report also applied overseas.

The decision to circumscribe the use of economic sanctions against off-base discrimination made sense.

The local commander also arranged for the desegregation of some off-base social facilities in a effort to improve black morale.


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Definitions and idiom definitions from Unabridged, based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

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