from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun A pretext for inaction; an excuse.
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The fact that you are putoff by my comment says the TRUTH HAS BEEN TOLD!
I think these designs are great, but the shadiness behind it all is a bit of a putoff.
"And all of the machinery is a putoff, especially in this city with cranes falling left and right."
However the injuries he's had are a major putoff to clubs.
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