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- (transitive) to turn a switch to the "off" position in order to stop or disable a device
1906, National Electric Light Association, National Electric Light Association Twenty-Ninth Convention, page 420:
- We have found that a patrolman in the central section of the city can switch on, and later switch off, 100 signs with ease.
- (idiomatic) to lose interest, and start thinking about something else
2011 December 21, Tom Rostance, “Fulham 0 - 5 Man Utd”, BBC Sport:
- Fulham switched off as Giggs took a quick corner to Valencia. He played it back to Giggs, whose cross was headed in by Nani with the lurking Rooney unable to add a touch.
- (intransitive, idiomatic) To alternate between; to trade.
- Do you eat all your peas and then all your potatoes, or do you switch off between them as you go?
1997 February 1, Billboard, volume 109, page 84:
- Besides Crow belting out "Bitch," the concert featured several artists switching off on lead vocals
- (stop, disable): turn off
turn switch to off position
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