sign off


Definition of sign off 

intransitive verb

1 : to announce the end of something (such as a message or broadcast)

2 : to approve or acknowledge something by or as if by a signature sign off on a memo

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sign-off \ˈsī-ˌnȯf \ noun

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Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett has signed off on a $3.4 million settlement with the ACLU of Wisconsin over police stop-and-frisk practices after the Common Council approved it earlier this week. Ashley Luthern, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett signs off on $3.4 million settlement in ACLU stop-and-frisk lawsuit," 13 July 2018 Harris County Commissioners Court has signed off on a request by the sheriff's office to purchase a $1.1 million boat – the first of its kind in the Gulf of Mexico – to help deputies respond to chemical spills. Zach Despart, Houston Chronicle, "Harris County Sheriff buys $1.1M boat to respond to chemical spills," 20 June 2018 But within just a few weeks, state health officials and the Republican governor signed off on tough new restrictions. Washington Post, "Conservative states balk at voter-approved medical marijuana," 13 July 2018 Mike & Mike signed off last November, but their influence on radio and legacy as a show for nearly two decades will be recognized in 2018. Charles Curtis, For The Win, "Mike Greenberg says Golic was 'the best thing that ever happened' professionally," 25 June 2018 Tennessee Senator Bob Corker unveiled a proposal Wednesday that would require Congress to sign off on any plans to impose tariffs and other trade restrictions based on national security concerns. Fox News, "Sen. Toomey on move to curb Trump's trade authority," 10 June 2018 Corker’s Tennessee colleague, Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander, is among a bipartisan group of senators co-sponsoring Corker’s bill, which would require Congress to sign off on tariffs imposed in the name of national security. Jonathan Mattise, The Seattle Times, "Race for Tennessee Senate seat takes shape on Trump, tariffs," 9 June 2018 Mitt Romney’s failed 2012 campaign famously required 22 different people to sign off on a Tweet, a laborious process that robbed any sense of spontaneity or authenticity from the messages. Annie Linskey,, "Trump’s tweets include grammatical errors. And some are on purpose," 22 May 2018 Except for the gradual erosion of rights and increased state monitoring: husbands are required to sign off on their wives' birth control, hospitals begin keeping records on women who are fertile. Lorraine Ali,, "‘The Handmaid's Tale’ boldly opens Season 2 in terrifying but familiar form," 25 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of sign off

1923, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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