off message

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of off message

:saying things that do not agree with the official position of a political group or party
  • A few Cabinet members seem off message on government policy.

Word by Word Definitions

off play
  1. : from a place or position

  2. : at a distance in space or time

  3. : from a course : aside

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

  2. : to seaward of

  3. : from the possession or charge of

  1. : seaward

  2. : right

  3. : more removed or distant

  1. : to go away : depart

  2. : kill, murder

  1. : competition : contest

message play
  1. : a communication in writing, in speech, or by signals

  2. : a messenger's mission

  3. : an underlying theme or idea

  1. : to send as a message or by messenger

  2. : to send a message to

  3. : to communicate by message


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