Behind the leader or leaders: The red car is about two laps off the pace (1951+)
[awf-th uh-peg, of-] /ˈɔf ðəˈpɛg, ˈɒf-/ adjective, British. 1. . adjective 1. (of clothing) ready to wear; not produced especially for the person buying
[awf-th uh-rak, of-] /ˈɔf ðəˈræk, ˈɒf-/ adjective 1. (of clothing) not made to specific or individual requirements; ready-made: off-the-rack men’s suits. 2. Slang. . adjective Mass-produced or ready-made; not tailored or specially designed: Buying an off-the-rack reno is expensive and not very adventurous (1963+)
- Off the rails
In an abnormal or malfunctioning condition, as in Her political campaign has been off the rails for months. The phrase occurs commonly with go, as in Once the superintendent resigned, the effort to reform the school system went off the rails. This idiom alludes to the rails on which trains run; if a train goes […]
[awf-th uh-rek-erd, of-] /ˈɔf ðəˈrɛk ərd, ˈɒf-/ adjective 1. not for publication; not to be quoted: a candidate’s off-the-record remarks to reporters. 2. confidential: off-the-record information.