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.
Recent Examples on the Web But if social distance is the antithesis of the football experience, maybe the team’s off year is an acceptable time for it. Mary Beth Mccauley, The Christian Science Monitor, 30 Nov. 2020 Meanwhile, Louisiana Tech has started off year 2-0 record for the first time since 2018 and just third time since 2005. Mark Heim |, al, 2 Oct. 2020 Despite the increase in air travel, passenger counts remain well off year-ago levels. Irina Ivanova, CBS News, 8 Sep. 2020 Also, old computers, monitors, keyboards, software, mice, printers, modems, ink jet cartridges and cell phones can be dropped off year round at the fleet garage. Carol Kovach, cleveland, 7 July 2020 The Pulitzer Prize board, which will announce the 2020 winners on Monday, has had some arguably off years in the drama category. New York Times, 30 Apr. 2020 Pick: Sabis Sleeper: Wahconah Regional Division 4 West Hopkins Academy (13-7) is back in the mix as the third seed in this section after a rare off year missing the state tournament in 2019. Nate Weitzer,, 23 Feb. 2020 When the home was auctioned off years later, federal agencies couldn’t ensure the entire property was free of booby traps. Washington Post, 31 Jan. 2020 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, 8 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of off year

1870, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Off year.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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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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