bit off

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a bit off

1. Sickly, unwell, or out of sorts, either physically or mentally. You seem a bit off, Jim. Are you feeling all right? That dog on the corner looks a bit off. I think we should walk another way home.
2. Somewhat strange, incorrect, inaccurate, or substandard. A: "The rest of your portrait is coming along really well, but the hands look a bit off." B: "I know, hands are just so hard to draw!" The gameplay is great, but the graphics on the characters' faces are a bit off.
3. Of food, spoiled or rotten. These chicken breasts smell a bit off—I think we should throw them out.
See also: bit, off

bite off

To use the teeth to pull off something. The bitten item can be named before or after "off." We had to take the dog to the vet after he bit off and ate a piece of a questionable-looking plant. Once the lollipop was soft enough, I bit it off the stick
See also: bite, off

*bit off

 and *little off
a little crazy; a little out of whack. (*Typically: be ~; find someone ~.) This guy's a little off, but he is harmless.
See also: bit, off
References in classic literature ?
Some hands now jumped into a boat alongside, and pushed a little off from the ship.
It will be well to move a little off the road and put in the whole day drilling you, sire.
A hundred times he had heard the old man spoken of as a little off his head and he thought himself rather brave and manly to go at all.
Valerius, who asked herself if the young nobleman was not a little off his head.
echoed Julia, thrown a little off her guard--"I would pledge my life, aunt, that Antonio would have done as much, if not more, than Charles
They are rowed ashore in the boat, while the vessel stands a little off awaiting its return, the water being shallow.
But the boy declined the invitation until his master was apparently a little off his guard, when he darted in and seizing the weapon tried to wrest it from his grasp.
When I next attended to them, they were standing a little off from the bed, looking at me.
As the reinforcements started to scale the vessel's side Number Thirteen's searching eyes found the girl in Muda Saffir's prahu, where it lay a little off from the Ithaca, and as the first of the enemy clambered over the rail she saw a smile of encouragement light the clear cut features of the man above her.
They were all thrown a little off their balance, and the more fanciful Fanshaw had even some difficulty in recovering his, as they saw a long, thin stream of blue smoke ascending silently into the end of the evening light.
He took pleasure in complimenting this strange stiff beauty, partly because it threw her a little off her balance.
It lay a little off the churchyard path, in a quiet corner, not so far removed but I could read the names upon the stone as I walked to and fro, startled by the sound of the church-bell when it struck the hour, for it was like a departed voice to me.
During the long summer the wind blows steadily from the southward, and a little off shore, so that rain never falls; during the three winter months, however, it is sufficiently abundant.
But her choices of participants sometimes can be a little off the boil.
That hike put him on to a mark of 101 which somewhat limits Varian's options with Taneen and it was little surprise to see him flounder a little off his revised pitch at Newmarket in July.