from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- adjective Happening, done, or made only once.
- noun Something that is not repeated or reproduced.
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- adjective Occurring
- noun idiomatic Something that is done, created, etc. only
once, and often quickly, simply, or improvisationally.
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- noun a happening that occurs only once and is not repeated
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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.
Each of the Park Avenue Armory performances is an Event - that is, a one-off Cunningham anthology.
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.
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.
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?
Except that was a one-off joke instead of the resolution of the entire series.
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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