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    "off" meaning right

    a. Being on the right side of an animal or vehicle.
    b. Being the animal or vehicle on the right.
    I've found the above in a dictionary in entry "off". I've never seen it used this way. Can it only be used to talk about animals and vehicles? Why? Is it because on the crossroad the vehicle (or animal) to your right goes first?

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    Re: "off" meaning right

    Quote Originally Posted by birdeen's call View Post
    I've found the above in a dictionary in entry "off". I've never seen it used this way. Can it only be used to talk about animals and vehicles? Why? Is it because on the crossroad the vehicle (or animal) to your right goes first?
    Not a teacher.

    There is the "nearside" and the "offside" of the vehicle/horse. The nearside is the one near the curb, the offside - far from the curb. Because AFAIK these are British words, near=left, off=right side.
    See: definition of off from Oxford Dictionaries Online

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    Re: "off" meaning right

    Thanks. So, actually the offside is the left side outside the UK, right?

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    Re: "off" meaning right

    Quote Originally Posted by birdeen's call View Post
    Thanks. So, actually the offside is the left side outside the UK, right?
    No. Wouldn't it be the left side where they drive on the right? There are many places in the world where we/they drive on the left.

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