straying from or contradicting the central theme or official message of a political, business, or other organization: The last speaker was way off-message with his bad jokes and irrelevant anecdotes.
- Compare on-message.
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How to use off-message in a sentence
Dr. Kent Sepkowitz applauds the CDC investigators for straying off-message.CDC Researchers Find Lower Mortality Rates Among Overweight People | Kent Sepkowitz | January 3, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
The Republican candidate, forced off-message, is suddenly and manifestly on the defensive.Can Ben Bernanke, Like John Roberts, Ignore Political Pressure and Do His Job? | Robert Shrum | July 17, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
I guess that type of statement would have been too "off-message" for the RNC to release.
Bill Clinton famously got taken off-message in his first months by wading into the gays-in-the-military debate.
But if McClellan was off-message in his campaign duties, he was hardly alone.
British Dictionary definitions for off message
(off-message when prenominal) not adhering to or reflecting the official line of a political party, government, or other organization
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