off of

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off of

  1. (now colloquial) Off; from. [from 15th c.]
    • c. 1591, William Shakespeare, Henry VI, part 2, First Folio 1623, III.1:
      Card. What, art thou lame?
      Simpc. I, God Almightie helpe me.
      Suff. How cam'st thou so?
      Simpc. A fall off of a Tree.
    • 1740, Samuel Richardson, Pamela:
      Do, my dearest child, get me off of this difficulty, and I can have no other [...].
    • 1928, "Eye of Gawd", Time, 28 Sep 1928:
      "The green curtains that hung there for years and years... have been taken down and the blood-red cardinal velvet curtains have been hung up, and they have taken the green top off of the President's desk and put a red one on that..."
    • 1967, Bob Crewe / Bob Gaudio, "Can't Take My Eyes Off You":
      You're just too good to be true / I Can't take my eyes off of you.
    • 1995, Alan Warner, Morvern Callar, Vintage 2015, p. 13:
      Though it was only bass and drums I could hear, you could tell it was that (Don't Fear) The Reaper, offof Some Enchanted Evening.

Usage notes[edit]

  • The use of off of as a preposition is now considered tautological and/or incorrect by some usage guides and is not suitable for formal or business use. Off of can be replaced with on, "from" or off: "This is based on (based off of) his first book"; "He took a paper off (off of) his desk". "I got the information from ("off of") the Internet"