(to be) a goof-off

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - a goof-off

"(to be) a goof-off"

to be an idle worthless person;

to be someone who avoids work and/or responsibility


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - a goof-off

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  Management has paired me up with Ken for the next project.

Colleague 2:  You got a bit unlucky.  Ken is quite lazy.  He's happy to let others do the work.

Colleague 1: Terrible that I got saddled with a goof-off.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - a goof-off

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  Do you think Peter is going to come and help today?

Friend 2:  I highly doubt it.

Friend 1: Why do you say that?

Friend 2:  Peter is a goof-off. He'll avoid anything that resembles work. He always has an excuse.

(to be) a goof-off - Usage:


(to be) a goof-off - Gerund Form:

There is no gerund form for a goof-off.

(to be) a goof-off - Examples:

1)  ... until he spots opposite direction traffic at 12 o'clock, after which he's a goof-off for not seeing it sooner.

2)  ... no substitute for the real thing and therefore will not get the author (indolent goof-off that he is) off the proverbial hook.

3)  "Does anyone want to tell me what that goof-off did here?" With a sheepish grin, one of the other workers ...

4)  ... does well they sort of progress up the ranks, so someone who's a goof-off wouldn't end up in a high ranking position, but someone who worked hard ...

5)  A self-described goof-off and girl-chaser, he often credited his wife for turning his life around and urging him to enroll in law school.

6)  Charlie was an unpredictable goof-off, but it speaks to his professional skills that he was able to find a better-paying job so quickly.

7)  Braver asked, "You were in the military -- were you as big a goof-off and goldbrick as Beetle Bailey?"

8)  You’re lucky when you’re a goof-off and something comes along that you really want to do.

9)  “I remember he was kind of a goof-off in base camp,” Short said of his first impression of Toporek. “He wasn’t a spit and polish soldier. 

10)  It would have been easy to mistake him for a goof-off if not for the occasional question as Conner was explaining some difficult formula.

11)  ... it might well be concluded that Poster is a goof-off and his law firm, notwithstanding that Ashmann-Gerst implies that its reputation is favorable, might not be sufficiently meticulous.

12)  ... was what his mother called I “goof-off.” He didn't apply himself much.

13)  I went from being a little bit of I goof-off to wanting to be great. I realized how much work it would take, so I worked really hard.

14)  He's a goof off, but when he goes in the ring, I say he 'clocks in.' He punches the clock and wants to win.

15)  ... but in truth she's as much a goof-off as Yui, and often ends up enabling the silliest tendencies of the group.

16)  We love some drone videos, but we love flying in a commercial airline without the threat of a goof-off with a $200 drone bringing our plane ...

17)  I was never a good student in school because I was a goof-off, but I made up my mind to do this.

18)  In other words, if you don't want to be viewed as a goof-off like Charley, you'd better get your act together.

19)  Is the employee who doodles at office meetings a goof-off who's neglecting his or her responsibilities?

20)  I wouldn't say I was a goof-off or a bad kid or in trouble, but I didn't have a motivating interest in ...