off year


Definition of off year

1 : a year in which no major election is held
2 : a year of diminished activity or production an off year for auto sales

Examples of off year in a Sentence

It has been an off year for auto sales.

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Newsletter Sign-up Europe’s deepening slowdown is a similar headache for the European Central Bank, which is trying to wean the 19-nation eurozone economy off years of monetary stimulus and ease toward higher interest rates. Paul Hannon, WSJ, "Germany Shows Symptoms of Deeper Economic Pain," 8 Jan. 2019 And research released earlier this year claims that a neutral expression is the key to shaving off years. Loren Savini, Allure, "Does Smiling Cause Wrinkles? No, and "Resting Bitch Face" Doesn't Prevent Them," 10 Oct. 2018 So, in off year elections, midyear elections, the power -- the party in power of the White House usually loses on average 15 seats. Fox News, "Eric Trump: Hypocrisy of the media is really incredible," 3 Aug. 2018 The 18-year-old brothers from New Jersey delivered a rousing and light-hearted speech at their Woodbridge High School graduation ceremony on Thursday, capping off years of academic excellence and hard work. Christopher Brito, CBS News, "New Jersey fraternal twins named co-valedictorians, set to head to MIT together," 24 June 2018 In the past, some areas occasionally experienced off years because of a bad storm or a temperature fluctuation. Justin Worland/alajuela, Time, "Your Morning Cup of Coffee Is in Danger. Can the Industry Adapt in Time?," 21 June 2018 Empty Bowls is a bi-annual event at RHAM, with off years being spent creating the bowls. Melanie Savage, Courant Community, "RHAM Hosts Second Empty Bowls Project," 10 Apr. 2018 Pelaez argued that increasing the limit would allow council members to focus more on constituent work than fundraising, especially in off years. Josh Baugh, San Antonio Express-News, "Mayor appoints task force on campaign finance," 21 Mar. 2018 Ireland, who's able to slough off years from her character's age by simply turning her head, reveals all that has been lost over time in a portrait that connects history with psychology and fate with brute economic facts. Charles Mcnulty,, "'Ironbound' at the Geffen Playhouse: An immigrant's portrait, painted with piercing realism," 9 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of off year

1870, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of off year was in 1870

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English Language Learners Definition of off year

: a year in which activity or production is lower than usual
US, politics : a year in which no major elections are held

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a period when something is suspended

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