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off base

Definition of off base

US informal

  1. 1 :  not correct :  wrong or mistaken <Her study proves that the theory is off base.> <It turns out that the estimates were way off base.>

  2. 2 :  in an unprepared state :  off guard <He was caught off base by the accusations.>



Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  from a place or position

    :  away from land

    :  at a distance in space or time

  1. : used as a function word to indicate physical separation or distance from a position of rest, attachment, or union

    :  to seaward of

    :  from the possession or charge of

  1. :  seaward

    :  right

    :  more removed or distant

  1. :  to go away :  depart

    :  kill, murder

  1. : office; officer; official

baseplay
  1. :  the lower part of a wall, pier, or column considered as a separate architectural feature

    :  the lower part of a complete architectural design

    :  the bottom of something considered as its support :  foundation

  1. :  to make, form, or serve as a base for

  1. :  of little height

    :  low in place or position

    :  bass


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