American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Happening, done, or made only once.
- n. Something that is not repeated or reproduced.
- adj. Occurring once; one-time.
- n. idiomatic Something that is done, created, etc. only once, and often quickly, simply, or improvisationally.
- n. a happening that occurs only once and is not repeated
- Probably from foundry work, for which making reusable molds is expensive and expediency the rule for molds not to be reused. (Wiktionary)
“Fiscal discipline is theoretically a laudable goal, though in this case the agreement won't prevent governments from embarking on Keynesian spending sprees as "one-off and temporary measures"—the definition of "one-off" presumably being in the eye of the beholder.”
“These so-called one-off expenses are not as uncommon as people think.”
“The damning report said the violence could not be described as a "one-off" because of evidence that 1QLR troops abused and mistreated Iraqi civilians on other occasions.”
“Each of the Park Avenue Armory performances is an Event - that is, a one-off Cunningham anthology.”
“Is it the sort of thing that only works as a one-off now and then on the basis of generosity more than anything else?”
“If you followed them back far enough, you might actually get to little tidbits and one-off quotes from “conservatives” that looked like they were dredged up out of context by Media Matters.”
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“In China, Xia Bom, an adviser to the People's Bank of China, China's central bank, did not rule out this week a one-off revaluation upward of the Chinese currency.”
“But because each Worldcon is a one-off event, fiscal prudence always wins over new ideas.”
“Except that was a one-off joke instead of the resolution of the entire series.”
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