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off

n. [from off the island] abroad: 1963 This man come from off and go straight to the well (Cottman 66). cf. AWAY —particle. [W Car.] used with verbs for emphasis. Cf. KILL OFF, EAT OFF, LEAVE OFF, etc. (Black) —prep.

1. [cf. Scots off from, out of CSD, and ON THE BAY by the seashore] from: 1918 De man return off de bush [i.e. from the forest] (Parsons 81). Return off the bay [i.e. come back from the seashore] (Inagua). (Inagua, San Sal.)

2. [spelling pronunciation?] of: 1954 He smells little blood and t'ings off a Englishman (Crowley 223). Every one off them (Cherokee Sound). (White)

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Last update: 2012-10-25 23:43
Author: Holm and Shilling, DBE, 1982
Revision: 1.3

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