off duty


off duty
off duty
not working at one's job. (The opposite of on duty.) •

I'm sorry, I can't talk to you until I'm off duty.

The police officer couldn't help me because he was off duty.

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{adj.} Not supposed to be at work; having free time; not working. * /Sailors like to go sight-seeing, when they are off duty in a foreign port./ * /It seems that all the taxis in New York are off duty whenever it rains./ - Often used with hyphens, before a noun. * /The bank robber was captured by an off-duty policeman./ Contrast: ON DUTY.

Dictionary of American idioms. 2013.