from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Not engaged in or responsible for assigned work.
  • adjective Of or relating to the periods when a person is not engaged in or responsible for assigned work.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective prenominal not performing or available for duties at the given moment. Oposite of on-duty, working, and on-the-job.

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  • adjective Alternative spelling of off duty.


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  • Shortly after, Mr. Breivik, posing as a police officer, boarded a ferry to the nearby island of Utoya, where one of his first victims was an unarmed off-duty policeman who was providing security for the camp.

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