to go off



Idiom Definition 1

Idiom Definition - go off

"to go off"

to explode;

to be fired (as a gun)

 

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Idiom Definition 2

Idiom Definition - go off

"to go off"

to stop working;

to become unavailable

 

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Idiom Definition 3

Idiom Definition - go off

"to go off"

to stop liking something or someone

 

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Idiom Definition 4

Idiom Definition - go off

"to go off"

to leave a place usually for a specific purpose

 

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Idiom Definition 5

Idiom Definition - go off

"to go off"

to start making a noise as a signal or warning

 

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Idiom Definition 6

Idiom Definition - go off

"to go off"

to no longer be consumable

 

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Idiom Definition 7

Idiom Definition - go off

"to go off"

to become worse in quality

 

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Idiom Definition 8

Idiom Definition - go off

"to go off"

to occur in a particular way

 

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Idiom Definition 9

Idiom Definition - go off

"to go off"

to start to sleep

 

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Idiom Definition 10

Idiom Definition - go off

"to go off"

to suddenly become angry and vocal

 

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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - go off

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  Have you heard about Bob?

Friend 2:  No, what happened?

Friend 1:  I guess he was preparing some fireworks and they went off unexpectedly.

Friend 2:  Is Bob OK?

Friend 1:  I guess he got burned pretty badly but he's going to be OK.



Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - go off

Two friends are talking on the telephone ...

Friend 1:  How are you enjoying living in Mexico?

Friend 2:  It's really good except for the electrical power.

Friend 1:  What happens?

Friend 2:  The electricity goes off quite often. Good thing I use a laptop computer that can run on battery power.


Idiom Scenario 3

Idiom Definition - go off

Two friends are talking at the museum ...

Friend 1:  Where's Jane today?

Friend 2:  She's not coming.

Friend 1:  But she has always liked our museum visits.

Friend 2:  Not any more. She doesn't like museums any more.

Friend 1:  It's too bad that she's gone off museums.


Idiom Scenario 4

Idiom Definition - go off

A mother and daughter are talking ...

Mother:  Where's your brother?

Daughter:  I think he's gone off to his friends house.

Mother:   When did he leave?

Daughter:  About an hour ago.


Idiom Scenario 5

Idiom Definition - go off

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  Do you always get up so early in the morning?

Friend 2:  Absolutely. My alarm goes off at five-thirty every morning.


Idiom Scenario 6

Idiom Definition - go off

A couple is talking ...

Husband:  What's for supper? Are we having the left-over beef from the other night?

Wife:  I'm afraid the beef has gone off.

Husband:  Sorry to hear that it has gone rotten. It was really delicious. What else can we eat?


Idiom Scenario 7

Idiom Definition - go off

Two executives are talking ...

Executive 1:  I think I'm going to have to fire Steve.

Executive 2:  Really? Why is that?

Executive 1:  His work has really gone off even after having given him several warnings.

Executive 2:  Sorry to hear that Steve's work has deteriorated so much in quality.


Idiom Scenario 8

Idiom Definition - go off

Two executives are talking ...

Executive 1:  How did your presentation go yesterday?

Executive 2:  Great! Everything worked well. There were no technical glitches and I managed to remember all my notes.

Executive 1:  That's wonderful when giving a presentations goes off so well.


Idiom Scenario 9

Idiom Definition - go off

A wife has just arrived home late from work ...

Wife:  Are the kids asleep?  I was hoping to see them.

Husband:  Sorry. They've just gone off to sleep.

Wife:  I won't wake them then.  I'll see them in the morning.


Idiom Scenario 10

Idiom Definition - go off

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  Why is John so upset and why is he yelling and screaming and jumping around?

Friend 2:  I'm not sure. He was arguing with Brent about religion and then he just started going off on poor Brent.





to go off - Usage:

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to go off - Gerund Form:

Going off unexpectedly is the way explosives can hurt people.

Going off on your boss will get you fired.

Going off to the lake on the weekend is enjoyable.



to go off - Examples:

1)  I have free-range kids. This is the kind of town where they can go off to their activities, and I know they're OK.

2)  Will this be the time the gun goes off?

3)  My phone alarm goes off.

4)  I find that I do get a reasonable amount done before the timer goes off.

5)  This had been a good idea, the two of them going off somewhere together.

6)  If you are going off to work for the day, the dog should be walked before you leave.

7)  I wouldn't shed a tear if a suitcase nuke went off in Hollywood either.

8)  The show went off without a hitch and Radiohead made no mention of the protest.

9)  The cries stopped as soon as the gun went off, so I know it was the little boy.

10)  The building shook, the lights went off. The noise was incredible.

11)  He didn't seem very interested and quickly went off to do something else more exciting than a vocabulary lesson with his mom.

12)  Elsewhere in the country, scattered protests went off peacefully.

13)  My mother made me breakfast and I went off to school.

14)  The first Facebook-staffer wedding had gone off without a hitch.

15)  Before you go off on this, the one statistic that interested me...

16)  Be extremely careful not to hit too hard as your airbag may go off.

17)  Why was a 5 year old able to go off unattended by the mother and father in this instance.

18)  Cameras come out, flashes go off.

19)  But as soon as the lights go off again, she starts barking again.

20)  BANG, I go off like a cannon about everything that's happened over the last several weeks.