go off on a tangent


: to start talking about something that is only slightly or indirectly related to the original subject
She went off on a tangent about what happened to her last summer.

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Listen To The Consumer By not listening to customers and what the data shows, companies can potentially go off on a tangent. Claire Stern, Forbes, 21 Feb. 2023 One of those trigger points was the subject of race in America, which saw Trump once again go off on a tangent that may have included a shot at Kim Kardashian West. Ineye Komonibo, refinery29.com, 25 Oct. 2020

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“Go off on a tangent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/go%20off%20on%20a%20tangent. Accessed 29 May. 2023.

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