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 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, "Taking a look at West Park before its annexation to Cleveland: A Place in the Sun," 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, "Music, Theater and More to Experience at Home This Weekend," 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,, "MIAA boys’ basketball: Breaking down the brackets," 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, "Woman who was in armed standoff over tax evasion to be freed," 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, "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

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First Known Use of off year

1870, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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18 Jul 2020

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“Off year.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Aug. 2020.

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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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