[ stop-awf, -of ]
/ ˈstɒpˌɔf, -ˌɒf /
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Origin of stop-off
First recorded in 1865–70; noun use of verb phrase stop off
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British Dictionary definitions for stop-off
stop in or esp US stop by
(intr, adverb often foll by at) to halt and call somewhere, as on a visit or errand, esp en route to another place
- a break in a journey
- (as modifier)stopoff point
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Idioms and Phrases with stop-off
Also, stop over. Interrupt a journey for a short stay somewhere, as in When we drove through Massachusetts we stopped off for a few days at Cape Cod, or When you're in the area try to stop over and see our new house. [Mid-1800s]
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