go off

go off

  1. (intransitive) To explode.
    The bomb went off right after the president left his office.
  2. (intransitive) To fire, especially accidentally.
    The gun went off during their struggle.
  3. (intransitive) To explode metaphorically; to become very angry.
    It all went off when the opposing teams' fans met at the railway station.
    When the boss came to know about the scheme, he went off, shouting and throwing everything away.
  4. (intransitive) To begin clanging or making noise.
    The alarm will go off at six a.m.
    Just after he spotted the first plane on the horizon, sirens started to go off around the city.
  5. (intransitive) To stop operating; to switch off.
    We were watching TV when suddenly the power went off.
  6. (intransitive) To depart; to leave.
    Having sated her appetite, she went off in search of a place to sleep.
    I don't know where he's going—he went off without a word.
  7. (intransitive, UK, Australia) To putrefy or become inedible, or to become unusable in any way.
    Synonyms: go sour, spoil
    • 1987 September 3, Unpalatable Treatment, New Scientist, [http://books.google.com.au/books?id=HoviJcgRY0kC&pg=PA20&dq=%22go|goes|going+off%22+food+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=P_tdT8-9FaeImQWG94SvDw&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22go|goes|going%20off%22%20food%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 20],
      But to cast out a technique that could not only reduce the incidence of food poisoning but could also allow us to move away from another bete noire of the “technophobes” — chemical treatment to prevent stored grain from going off— is daft
    • 2005, Nancy Abeiderrahmane, Modern Dairy Products from Traditional Camel Herding: An Experience in Mauritania, Bernard Faye, Palmated Esenov (editors), Desertification Combat And Food Safety: The Added Value Of Camel Producers, [http://books.google.com.au/books?id=CsgOxWXzuK4C&pg=PA156&dq=%22go|goes|going+off%22+food+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=DgZeT8iON_HsmAWI9PG6DQ&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q&f=false page 156],
      Although there is a popular myth about camel milk ‘never going off’, experience shows that pasteurised packaged camel milk does not keep any better than its cow equivalent, and seems to lose its flavour faster.
    Bugger—the milk's gone off already!
  8. (transitive) To like less.
    Ever since falling off her bike, she's gone off cycling to work.
  9. (intransitive) To pass off; to take place; to be accomplished.
    The party went off very well.
    • The wedding went off much as such affairs do.
  10. (slang) To ejaculate.
    Synonyms: ejaculate, cum
Translations Translations Translations Translations
  • Russian: звуча́ть
  • Spanish: sonar
Translations Translations
  • German: schlecht werden, sauer werden (milk), ranzig werden (butter)
  • Italian: avariare, andare a male, guastare
  • Russian: по́ртиться

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