off year

noun

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 State lawmakers file just one report covering that off year, but file at least four times a year in an election year. Stacey Barchenger, The Arizona Republic, 8 Apr. 2024 Despite the occasional off year, the EPA's data shows that since 2004, US passenger fleet emissions have decreased by 27 percent, or 123 g/mile. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, 21 Dec. 2023 Cyrus is a 20-something man shaking off years of drinking and drugging by spouting words. Mark Athitakis, Los Angeles Times, 22 Jan. 2024 This will mark the first time San Francisco has held a mayoral contest during a presidential year, after residents voted to move city elections away from lower-turnout off years. Cooper Burton, ABC News, 3 Jan. 2024 This year in Pennsylvania, where off years are generally headlined by statewide judicial races, turnout trended up for a fifth consecutive cycle. Tia Yang, ABC News, 21 Dec. 2023 Garvey had an off year, for him, in 1982, hitting .282 with 16 homers, good for a 101 OPS+. Houston Mitchell, Los Angeles Times, 12 Sep. 2023 According to the campaign, Frisch's fundraising broke the record for the highest amount raised from donors by a challenger in a House race in an off year. Misty Severi, Washington Examiner, 17 July 2023 In Colorado, conservatives started making gains earlier because school board elections are held in off years. Tyler Kingkade, NBC News, 9 May 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1870, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of off year was in 1870

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“Off year.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/off%20year. Accessed 25 May. 2024.

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