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 for To be off
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Off \Off\ ([o^]f; 115), adv. [OE. of, orig. the same word as R.
     of, prep., AS. of, adv. & prep. [root]194. See Of.]
     In a general sense, denoting from or away from; as:
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     1. Denoting distance or separation; as, the house is a mile
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     2. Denoting the action of removing or separating; separation;
        as, to take off the hat or cloak; to cut off, to pare off,
        to clip off, to peel off, to tear off, to march off, to
        fly off, and the like.
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     3. Denoting a leaving, abandonment, departure, abatement,
        interruption, or remission; as, the fever goes off; the
        pain goes off; the game is off; all bets are off.
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     4. Denoting a different direction; not on or towards: away;
        as, to look off.
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     5. Denoting opposition or negation. [Obs.]
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              The questions no way touch upon puritanism, either
              off or on.                            --Bp.
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     From off, off from; off. "A live coal . . . taken with the
        tongs from off the altar." --Is. vi. 6.
     Off and on.
        (a) Not constantly; not regularly; now and then;
        (b) (Naut.) On different tacks, now toward, and now away
            from, the land.
     To be off.
        (a) To depart; to escape; as, he was off without a
            moment's warning.
        (b) To be abandoned, as an agreement or purpose; as, the
            bet was declared to be off. [Colloq.]
     To come off, To cut off, To fall off, To go off, etc.
        See under Come, Cut, Fall, Go, etc.
     To get off.
        (a) To utter; to discharge; as, to get off a joke.
        (b) To go away; to escape; as, to get off easily from a
            trial. [Colloq.]
     To take off To do a take-off on, To take off, to mimic,
        lampoon, or impersonate.
     To tell off
        (a) (Mil.), to divide and practice a regiment or company
            in the several formations, preparatory to marching to
            the general parade for field exercises. --Farrow.
        (b) to rebuke (a person) for an improper action; to scold;
            to reprimand.
     To be well off, to be in good condition.
     To be ill off, To be badly off, to be in poor condition.
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