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[awf-thuh-wawl, of-]
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adjective Informal.
  1. markedly unconventional; bizarre; oddball: an unpredictable, off-the-wall personality.
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Origin of off-the-wall

First recorded in 1970–75
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  1. (off the wall when postpositive) slang new or unexpected in an unconventional or eccentric wayan off-the-wall approach to humour
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Word Origin

C20: possibly from the use of the phrase in handball and squash to describe a shot that is unexpected
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