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  1. keannu's Avatar
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    #1

    something off

    A: I don't like Jason. There's something off about him.
    B : What makes you think so?

    What does "off" here mean? "bad" or "unacceptable"?

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    #2

    Re: something off

    Here "something off" means that there is something about Jason which the speaker is unsure of and which makes them dislike him. They aren't quite sure what it is about Jason that they don't like, but they get the feeling that he is a "bad" person...

    Another example: "I don't really like this dinner, it tastes funny. I don't know what it is but there is definitely something off with it."

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    #3

    Re: something off

    I am not a teacher.

    'Something off about xxx' means that there is something not quite right about the person, but it's difficult to define exactly what that is.

    I think the example about the dinner is confusing because where food is concerned we use 'off' to mean that it is not fresh.

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