off beam

Definition of off beam

British, informal

  1. :  incorrect or mistaken :  off base My guess was way off beam.

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

beamplay
  1. :  a long piece of heavy often squared timber suitable for use in construction

    :  a wood or metal cylinder in a loom on which the warp (see 1warp 1a) is wound

    :  the part of a plow to which handles, standard, and coulter are attached

  1. :  to emit in beams or as a beam (see 1beam 2)

    :  to support with beams (see 1beam 1)

    :  to transmit especially by satellite :  broadcast


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