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  • adj. Of a person, being in fortunate circumstances, especially having financial security.
  • adj. Of any item, in a good position or circumstance.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. in good condition; especially, in good condition as to property or any advantages; thriving; prosperous.


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  • When the feet were well off the floor Bua hooked the chain on the peg and picked up the end of the rope and was ready to resume.

    The Black Mountain

  • Thing was, he awoke in the evening, to the pervasive grow lights in his garage apartment in the Marina, then drove four blocks under the streetlights to the brightly lit Safeway, then got off work in the morning when the sun was well off the horizon, to return to his grow-lit apartment, to sleep with a satin mask in place.

    You Suck

  • "Carl is very well off where he is," resumed Mrs. Crawford.

    Driven From Home

  • A second Hortalez ship, the Seine, sent to New England but blown well off course, arrived at Martinique on March 18.

    Robert Morris

  • Il Cris was said to be inexpensive and first-rate, popular with locals more than tourists, in part because it was in a residential neighborhood, well off the tourist routeand perhaps for other reasons.

    The Italian Summer

  • Robert Roosevelt; not that he had a strong leaning to the legal profession, but that he believed that every one, no matter how well off he might be, ought to be able to support himself by some occupation or profession.

    Theodore Roosevelt An Intimate Biography

  • While the pitch appeared to be well off the plate, the home-plate umpire rung A-Rod up for the second out.

    One Season

  • The Zhaos were fairly well off by Harbin standards, but they were still living in acute poverty, cramming six people into two small rooms.


  • He was well off to the right of the greenperhaps hed walked down from one of the homes up on the hilland was watching me as intently as if I were performing surgery on one of his parents.

    The Italian Summer

  • Development assistance workers, whether they are Government officers, whether they are officers from Non-Government Organisations or whether they are employed by international institutions like the World Bank or indeed United Nations agencies, do good deeds in dangerous circumstances, often at risk to themselves, seeking to help people who are less well off than themselves and help nations who are less well off than we are.

    Attack on World Vision offices in Pakistan - Ministerial Statement - Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs


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  • Scales, though he was always spending money, was not at all well off; he did not pay for the house himself. A most obliging building society, which existed solely for the purpose of enabling impecunious Englishmen to feel that their homes were their castles, did that. -- ''Yashima, or, The Gorgeous West'' by R T Sherwood, 1931.

    December 24, 2008