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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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 The 2017 form, Taylor said, reflects a drop in income and expenditures from 2016 of about $40,000, and the amounts are not unusual for off years for campaigns. Amy Lavalley, Post-Tribune, "Portage mayor owes $10K to co-defendant in federal bribery case, report shows," 19 Jan. 2018 This is similar to the problem Obama had: His base of young and non-white voters also had a terrible history of showing up in off years. David Wasserman, NBC News, "Key races for control of the House as Democrats take slight edge into 2018," 29 Dec. 2017 Perhaps the film's modesty has kept it off year-end lists. Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader, "Film / On Video Azazel Jacobs’s The Lovers is the most underrated American movie of 2017," 15 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of off year

1870, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of off year

: a year in which activity or production is lower than usual

politics : a year in which no major elections are held

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