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(ôf′do͞o′tē, -dyo͞o′-, ŏf′-)
1. Not engaged in or responsible for assigned work.
2. Of or relating to the periods when a person is not engaged in or responsible for assigned work.
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(of a soldier or police officer, etc) not working
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1. not engaged in the performance of one's work.
2. pertaining to or during a period when a person is not at work.
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[ˌɒfˈdjuːtɪ] adj (policeman) → non in servizio
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995
References in classic literature ?
That was why he made, in odd moments of off-duty, turtle-shell combs and hair ornaments for profit, and was prettily crooked in such a matter as stealing another man's dog.
Drivers have complained that long waits for cargo to be loaded or unloaded keep them idle yet they are still required to take an off-duty break, even if they do not need to rest or cannot find suitable parking.
* Allowing one off-duty break of at least 30 minutes, but not more than three hours, that would pause a truck driver's 14-hour driving window, provided the driver takes 10 consecutive hours off-duty at the end of the work shift.
Despite Page being in possession of a screwdriver and making threats, the off-duty officer managed to stop him from driving off and detained the defendant until police arrived.
It is understood that the first people on the scene included an offduty nurse from Huddersfield Royal Infirmary and an off-duty police officer.
And detectives yesterday said they were hoping to trace witnesses including an off-duty medic and off-duty fireman believed to have rushed to the man's aid.
Yesterday the watchdog reported failings "compromised the fairness of an investigation into off-duty police officers involved in a fight with members of the public in Coleraine".
An automated, fair process for posting, signing up and selecting officers for off-duty jobs is critical, as is a method to ensure officer's times on the job are recorded.
An off-duty police officer who was holding a baby in his arms had a shootout with two suspected robbers at a pharmacy in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
THESE are the men police want to trace after a fancy dress night brawl in which three off-duty officers were injured.