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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR OFFED

And she offed with her cap o' rushes, and there she was in her beautiful clothes.

So one day when he was twelve years old he upped with him and offed with him into the great forest near St. David's.

But when they were gone she offed with her cap o' rushes, and cleaned herself, and went to the dance.

Howsoever, when they were gone, she offed with her cap o' rushes and cleaned herself, and away she went to the dance.

But when they were gone she offed with her cap o' rushes and cleaned herself, and away she went to the dance.

And the whole of us, with proper thanks, offed with us instantly, in case she should change her mind.

WORD ORIGIN

by c.1200 as an emphatic form of Old English of (see of), employed in the adverbial use of that word. The prepositional meaning "away from" and the adjectival sense of "farther" were not firmly fixed in this variant until 17c., but once they were they left the original of with the transferred and weakened senses of the word. Meaning "not working" is from 1861. Off the cuff (1938) is from the notion of speaking from notes written in haste on one's shirt cuffs. Off the rack (adj.) is from 1963; off the record is from 1933; off the wall "crazy" is 1968, probably from the notion of a lunatic "bouncing off the walls" or else in reference to carom shots in squash, handball, etc.

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