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or stop·off

[ stop-awf, -of ]


stop off


  1. intr, adverboften foll byat to halt and call somewhere, as on a visit or errand, esp en route to another place


    1. a break in a journey
    2. ( as modifier )

      stopoff point

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Word History and Origins

Origin of stop-off1

First recorded in 1865–70; noun use of verb phrase stop off

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Idioms and Phrases

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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Example Sentences

It did not seem credible that the great man would make a special stop-off on his way to the coast, just to pay me a visit.

Faix, yer ticket reads straight through, wid no stop-off priv'leges whatever.


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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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