work off


worked off; working off; works off

transitive verb

: to dispose of or get rid of by work or activity

Examples of work off in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But in the hands of director Thea Sharrock (Me Before You, The One and Only Ivan), who works off a script by Jonny Sweet, those ideas are presented with the thundering nuance of a sledgehammer. Nicholas Quah, Vulture, 29 Mar. 2024 An airtight employment verification scheme would still fall short of perfect, since some people will always work off the books for cash. Edward Alden, Foreign Affairs, 11 Feb. 2013 Hunt explained that the city and IBM are working off a contract that predates the pandemic’s expansion of remote learning. Cayla Bamberger, New York Daily News, 6 Mar. 2024 The owner of the farm – identified as Grace Tung – shortchanged workers who received the regular rate of pay for all hours worked, including hours over 40 in a workweek, and who were also not paid for work off the clock, the federal agency said. Jason Green, The Mercury News, 21 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for work off 

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Word History

First Known Use

1618, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of work off was in 1618

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Cite this Entry

“Work off.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jul. 2024.

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