go off

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v go off burst inward "The bottle imploded"
    • v go off be discharged or activated "the explosive devices went off"
    • v go off happen in a particular manner "how did your talk go over?"
    • v go off go off or discharge "The gun fired"
    • v go off stop running, functioning, or operating "Our power went off during the hurricane"
    • v go off run away; usually includes taking something or somebody along "The thief made off with our silver","the accountant absconded with the cash from the safe"
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: When a person dies, hearing is the last sense to go. First off would be your sight.
    • Go off to leave: to die: to explode: to fade
    • Go off &c. (see Come, Go, Show, Take, &c.)
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Quotations

  • William Hazlitt
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    “A grave blockhead should always go about with a lively one -- they show one another off to the best advantage.”
  • Frank Tyger
    Frank Tyger
    “Discoveries are often made by not following instructions, by going off the main road, by trying the untried.”
  • Richard Brinsley Sheridan
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    “My valor is certainly going, it is sneaking off! I feel it oozing out as it were, at the palms of my hands!”
  • Alexander Pope
    Alexander%20Pope
    “Good God! how often are we to die before we go quite off this stage? In every friend we lose a part of ourselves, and the best part.”
  • David H. Scott
    David H. Scott
    “Someone said that inflation is like jumping off the top of the Empire State Building. The sensation is great as long as you keep on going.”
  • Samuel Beckett
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    “Let me go to hell, that's all I ask, and go on cursing them there, and them look down and hear me, that might take some of the shine off their bliss.”

Idioms

Go off on a tangent - If someone goes off on a tangent, they change the subject completely in the middle of a conversation or talk.
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Same as Of.

Usage

In literature:

Now that this tempest in a teapot is over, you can all go off and finish your games.
"Killykinick" by Mary T. Waggaman
They take food with them, and go off to wage war.
"Jewish Children" by Sholem Naumovich Rabinovich
Go off together and try the air of South America once more, you reptiles!
"The Slave of Silence" by Fred M. White
I was alarmed lest he should go off to the Splash and find Kate there; but presently he returned with an axe in his hand.
"Seek and Find" by Oliver Optic
It has been quite a record day, especially for a Sabbath, for we have not heard a single Mauser go off.
"A Yeoman's Letters" by P. T. Ross
There's two or three more to go off yet.
"The Kopje Garrison" by George Manville Fenn
My one dropped at the first shot, but sprang up and was going off again till my second barrel stopped him.
"Fix Bay'nets" by George Manville Fenn
He wanted an opportunity to go off upon an exploring expedition unrestrained by Dick's presence!
"Dick Leslie's Luck" by Harry Collingwood
I got leave to go upstairs with Margaret and take them off there.
"Daisy" by Elizabeth Wetherell
I am going off to make preparations!...
"Messengers of Evil" by Pierre Souvestre
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In poetry:

"Miss Ki Hi was short and squat,
She had money and he had not
So off to her he resolved to go,
And play her a tune on his little banjo."
"Chingery Wangery Chan" by Louisa May Alcott
Time to move off, go east, toward
A land where morning burns and blazes
And where across the sun-parched sward
A bird's small, slanting shadow races.
""The camel snorts. He won't get up"" by Ivan Bunin
"Go, paint the birch's silver rind,
And quilt the peach with softer down;
Up with the willow's trailing threads,
Off with the sunflower's radiant crown!
"The Meeting Of The Dryads" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
My loved Gwenlhian, weep not so, From the lid that tear I kiss;
Though to the wars far off I go,
Betide me weal, betide me woe,
We yet may meet in bliss.
"The Harp Of Hoel" by William Lisle Bowles
I have let go at last. I have let go.
And, oh, the rest it is, dear God, to know
My dear ones are so safe, for Thou wilt keep.
Hands off, at last! Now, I can go to sleep.
"A Woman In Hospital" by Fay Inchfawn
Presently, going off early to labor,--
Bowing politely, as neighbor to neighbor,
When he caught sight of this little old woman,--
Sailed by a honey-bee, serge-clad and common.
"Dame Spider" by Clara Doty Bates

In news:

Japan's Last Nuclear Reactor to Go Off-line.
Key West Sails Go Off.
Go off the grid in West Texas.
The Bomb That Didn't Go Off.
Japan Power Shortage Looms as More Reactors Go Off-Line Jun 10, 2011 Printable format Email this Article Search.
Japan is expected to run short on electricity this summer as more nuclear reactors go off-line, and that could be problematic for manufacturers all over Japan.
We need a light bulb to go off on energy.
Supermarkets receive lump of coal for the holidays as wine kiosks go off-line.
Power to go off-line on purpose in Columbus Grove .
Law enforcement and gun experts speak about the various ways you can ensure your gun doesn't go off at the wrong moment.
In a new feature of the blog, we have started Hangin ', where we go off the field with the Yankees and learn a little more about them.
Visual Art Hatch Show Print Going Off Broadway, Moving Into Expanded Country Music Hall of Fame in 2013.
Some newspaper disappear from news stands, TV stations to go off air.
Set in an America on the precipice of collapse, this novel follows Della, a waitress who becomes increasingly obsessed with the bombs going off throughout the industrial northwestern city she lives in.
Smith, meanwhile, is Pat Buchanan conservative and hates to go off script.
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In science:

Typical radio samples have a flux density cut-off of the order 1 Jy, some deeper wide-field radio surveys go down to 200 mJy (e.g.
The Nature of Radio-Intermediate Quasars: What is Radio-Loud and what is Radio-Quiet?
For gQM → ∞, the Higgs branch physics decouples from the Coulomb branch! This is because the masses of the massive W bosons go off to infinity with gQM , and there is a tube of infinite length in the Coulomb branch as one approaches X⊥ → 0.
String Duality and Novel Theories without Gravity
However, when the initial state was factorized we saw that the absolute values of the off diagonal elements of the reduced density matrix not only go asymptotically to zero but also can never exceed their initial value.
Decoherence within a simple Model for the Environment
The world would be simpler without flavor mixing, but nature seems to prefer to go off the simplest road.
The Physics of Flavor is the Flavor of Physics
Then, in section 3, we discuss the off-shell matrix elements, both at leading order and the prospects of going to next-to-leading order.
Small x Phenomenology: Summary and Status
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