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[awf-lim-its, of-] /ˈɔfˈlɪm ɪts, ˈɒf-/

forbidden to be patronized, frequented, used, etc., by certain persons:
The tavern is off-limits to soldiers.

“forbidden,” by 1881, U.S. military academies jargon, from off (adv.) + limit (n.). Earlier (1857) it was applied to cadets, etc., who were in violation of the limitations on their movement and behavior.


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