off course

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*off course

 
1. Lit. not going in the right direction. (*Typically: be ~; drift ~; get ~.) The ship is off course and may strike the reef!
2. Fig. not following the plan correctly. (*Typically: be ~; get ~.) The project is off course and won't be finished on time. l am off course and doing poorly.
See also: course, off

off course

not moving forward as wanted or expected The opinion polls show that voters think the government has gone off course.
Opposite of: on course
Etymology: based on the literal meaning of a ship or spacecraft going in the wrong direction
See also: course, off

off course

Away from the planned or intended course.
See also: course, off
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According to the Information, HILL allowed the boat to drift off course and towards the rocks when he left the wheelhouse for an extended period of time to work at the stern of the tugboat.
It was their belief that stronger than normal winds had caused the Electra to drift off course so that it ended up south of Howland Island.
This new Assembly Government needs to start steering, or the Welsh health service will continue to drift off course.
Most good investors have a plan, but in the midst of market volatility sometimes they can drift off course.
Dettori, 29, messed up when allowing Swain to drift off course and throw away victory in the Classic race in 1998.
My life (or at least the next 20 minutes of it) was now entirely in the hands of Nicci, who would be regulating my air supply, and ensuring we didn't drift off course and resurface in Saudi Arabian waters.
This allows us to carefully assess their progress and intervene quickly if they start to drift off course.
The high court did strike down more direct forms of aid to religious schools in the 1960s and '70s but began to drift off course in the '80s as more conservative appointments were made.
The ship did not just drift off course, it started to sink," Bull wrote in his column for the Guardian.
LANE Departure Warning in case you drift off course, while Lane Keeping Aid will gently steer you back.
He planned to swim along the shoreline so he wouldn't drift off course, but he battled a strong headwind during the swim and had to be pulled out and treated for hypothermia, spokesman Mike Moffett said.