to wander off

Idiom Definition 1

Idiom Definition - wander off

"to wander off"

to roam away from a particular location


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Idiom Definition 2

Idiom Definition - wander off

"to wander off"

to stop being attentive


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - wander off

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  We need to go outside and get some firewood soon. Do you think we should scare that bear away?

Friend 2:  That's not necessary. If we just leave the bear alone and wait, it will wander off on its own.

Friend 1:  OK then.  I'll wait for the bear to leave.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - wander off

A teacher is talking to a student ...

Teacher:  Carrie! Are you paying attention?

Carrie:  I'm sorry. Were you speaking to me?

Teacher:  What is the answer to the question?

Carrie:  I'm sorry, teacher, my mind wandered off.

Teacher:  Well, please pay attention.

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to wander off - Gerund Form:

Wandering off from the group can sometimes be fun.

Wandering off while in class is not a good behavior.

to wander off - Examples:

1)  He doesn't like being left alone, and will wander off if no one is around to keep him company.

2)  Long trains of thought have to be controlled, or they will wander off into delicious if futile woolgathering.

3)  Co-workers wander off topic, send texts, disrupt decision-making or behave in other dysfunctional ways.

4)  The smart people will be interested and middle management will wander off in boredom.

5)  If Americans were forced to watch his shows, most would wander off in their heads making grocery lists.

6)  If you have wandered off into the woods and suddenly find yourself lost, do not be troubled.

7)  But one day the son wandered off all by himself and got into trouble. 

8)  I lost interest around 3:00 and wandered off to a nearby computer fair.

9)  One chicken wandered off into the neighbor's hay field and all we found subsequently was a pile of bones.

10)  In the ensuing chaos, they realize that she has wandered off.

11)  Poverty stricken and in bad health, Charles wandered off to Canada in search of work.

12)  The mother bear eventually got up and wandered off.

13)  I turned around and watched as she wandered off into the kitchen.

14)  Jauernig was missing for more than two years after he wandered off from his cottage.

15)  I'd find my mind wandering off, day dreaming about how when my parents and grandparents were my age.

16)  Police say they will investigate what led to the boy and dog wandering off.

17)  Finn is photographed wandering off after leaving his prey seriously injured.

18)  I sometimes have to re-read bits as my mind wanders off with anxious thoughts.

19)  Without fail, if a character wanders off by themselves in a scary film then something bad is about to happen.

20)  What do you dream about when your mind wanders off in yet another boring work meeting?