Definitions

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  • n. That which comes off or the act or process of coming off; emission.
  • n. The way any thing or business turns out; the way a person comes off from an encounter or enterprise; result; outcome; reception.
  • n. An apology; excuse.
  • n. An escape or evasion by subterfuge or pretext; a way of avoiding or getting out of a difficult or uncomfortable situation.

Etymologies

From off- +‎ come. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Guide the fire weel, and it will serve ye for a’ that ye suld have and have not; and, in some sort, a gude excuse is better than the things themselves; for they maun crack and wear out, and be consumed by time, whereas a gude offcome, prudently and creditably handled, may serve a nobleman and his family,

    The Bride of Lammermoor

  • Guide the fire weel, and it will serve ye for a 'that ye suld have and have not; and, in some sort, a gude excuse is better than the things themselves; for they maun crack and wear out, and be consumed by time, whereas a gude offcome, prudently and creditably handled, may serve a nobleman and his family, Lord kens how lang! "

    The Bride of Lammermoor

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