verb (used with object)
- to move or transfer (a train, car, etc.) from one set of tracks to another.
- to drop or add (cars) or to make up (a train).
verb (used without object)
Words nearby switch
Idioms for switch
Origin of switch
OTHER WORDS FROM switch
Definition for switch off (2 of 2)
Origin of switch-off
British Dictionary definitions for switch off (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for switch off (2 of 2)
Derived forms of switchswitcher, nounswitchlike, adjective
Word Origin for switch
Idioms and Phrases with switch off (1 of 2)
Stop paying attention, lose interest, as in Whenever he starts in on economics, I switch off automatically. This metaphoric expression transfers turning off a light switch or similar device to diverting one's attention. [c. 1860] Also see switch on.
Idioms and Phrases with switch off (2 of 2)
In addition to the idioms beginning with switch
- switch off
- switch on
- asleep at the switch
- bait and switch