Off hand
Off Off, prep. Not on; away from; as, to be off one's legs or off the bed; two miles off the shore. --Addison. [1913 Webster]

{Off hand}. See {Offhand}.

{Off side} (Football), out of play; -- said when a player has got in front of the ball in a scrimmage, or when the ball has been last touched by one of his own side behind him.

{To be off color}, (a) to be of a wrong color. (b) to be mildly obscene.

{To be off one's food} or {To be off one's feed}, (Colloq.) to have no appetite; to be eating less than usual. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Off hand — Hand Hand (h[a^]nd), n. [AS. hand, hond; akin to D., G., & Sw. hand, OHG. hant, Dan. haand, Icel. h[ o]nd, Goth. handus, and perh. to Goth. hin[thorn]an to seize (in comp.). Cf. {Hunt}.] 1. That part of the fore limb below the forearm or wrist in …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • off-hand — (adv.) also offhand, 1690s, at once, straightway, from OFF (Cf. off) (adv.) + HAND (Cf. hand) (n.). Probably originally in reference to shooting without a rest or support. Hence, of speech or action, unpremeditated (1719). Related: Off handed;… …   Etymology dictionary

  • off-hand — means without preparation. People say that they don t know the answer off hand, meaning that they don t know it at that time …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • off-hand —    Off hand means without preparation. People say that they don t know the answer off hand, meaning that they don t know it at that time.   (Dorking School Dictionary) …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • Off-hand —   Off hand means without preparation. People say that they don t know the answer off hand, meaning that they don t know it at that time …   Dictionary of English idioms

  • off|hand — «adverb. AWF HAND, OF ; adjective. AWF HAND, OF », adverb, adjective. –adv. without previous thought or preparation; at once: »The carpenter could not tell offhand how much the work would cost. That question is too important to answer offhand.… …   Useful english dictionary

  • off-hand — also off hand 1) ADJ GRADED: usu v link ADJ (disapproval) If you say that someone is being off hand, you are critical of them for being unfriendly or impolite, and not showing any interest in what other people are doing or saying. He lapsed into… …   English dictionary

  • off hand — see off hand …   English dictionary

  • off-hand — adverb without preparation I don t know the figures off hand • Syn: ↑ex tempore …   Useful english dictionary

  • off hand — in a sloppy manner, carelessly, casually; without preparation …   English contemporary dictionary

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