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off

Cricket
a. the part of the field on that side of the pitch to which the batsman presents his bat when taking strike: thus for a right-hander, off is on the right-hand side
b. a fielding position in this part of the field
c. (as modifier): the off stump

off

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(engineering)
Designating the inoperative state of a device, or one of two possible conditions (the other being “on”) in a circuit.

OFF.

On drawings, abbr. for “office.”
References in classic literature ?
Suddenly Joey was standing beside us, it could not have been more sudden though he had come from beneath the table, and he was wearing his pantomime clothes (which he told us afterward were the only clothes he had) and his red and white face was so funny that David made gurgling sounds, which were his laugh trying to force a passage.
Joey thought he had toothache, so I explained what it really meant, and then Joey said, "Oh, I shall soon make him laugh," whereupon the following conversation took place between them:
By this time Joey was in a frightful way (because he saw he was getting the worst of it), and he boasted that he had David's laugh in his pocket, and David challenged him to produce it, and Joey searched his pockets and brought out the most unexpected articles, including a duck and a bunch of carrots; and you could see by his manner that the simple soul thought these were things which all boys carried loose in their pockets.
No more does his infernal laugh go echoing among the hills, and no more does his fat moon-face rise up to vex me.
There's no difference," he replied, beginning to laugh again.
There was once a woodchopper, a friend of mine, who was made all of tin, and I used to laugh every time I saw him.
And Tom exploded into a great laugh, that made Fanny cover her ears, and the little dog bark wildly.
Yes, and draws too," answered Fanny, with a sly laugh.
Young men often laugh at the sensible girls whom they secretly respect, and affect to admire the silly ones whom they secretly despise, because earnestness, intelligence, and womanly dignity are not the fashion.
And she was so un-hysterical and natural and childish that she brought him to his senses and he began to laugh at himself and a few minutes afterward she was sitting on her stool again telling him not what she imagined the secret garden to be like but what it really was, and Colin's aches and tiredness were forgotten and he was listening enraptured.
He stood still in der doorway und laugh to him-self.
Den Bertran laugh and say, 'Fi dond' shust as if it was a glass broken upon der table; und Bimi come nearer, und Bertran was honey-sweet in his voice and laughed to himself.