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    off the wall

    Hi,
    what does "off the wall" mean?
    Thx.

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    Re: off the wall

    Hello,

    I am 'The French', perhaps you have unhook a picture that you have put on the wall.

    It's better if we had a little text to see how it is used.

    Have a nice day.

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    Re: off the wall

    Quote Originally Posted by parkc23 View Post
    Hi,
    what does "off the wall" mean?
    Thx.
    I first met this idiom when an English friend described my sense of humour. '(O)f the wall' means strange, unusual (but I think he meant that it was shit).

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    Re: off the wall

    I'm not a teacher.

    Hi parck23,

    Here are a few words concerning the matter in question:

    off the wall = 1. Very unconventional or unusual: manic, off-the-wall creativity; surreal off-the-wall humor.

    2. Exhibiting bizarre behavior; crazy: their off-the-wall friends.

    off the wall (adj.) = strange; out of the ordinary; stupid, eccentric, unconventional, as in That idea of opening a 100-seat theater is off the wall. This expression probably originated in baseball or some other sport in which the ball can bounce off a wall in an erratic way.

    off-the-wall: Definition from Answers.com

    He has been making off-the-wall remarks all day; something must he the matter with him.

    Regards,

    V.

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    Re: off the wall

    Quote Originally Posted by parkc23 View Post
    Hi,
    what does "off the wall" mean?
    Thx.
    Hi! Parkc23,

    I've just looked it up in a dictionary as I was curious myself.

    It says that it can mean 'slightly crazy, unusal, extremely unconventional'

    e.g :Some of his ideas are really off the wall

    off-the-wall ideas.

    It is an interesting phrase, isn't it?

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