look (a little/bit) off

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look (a little/bit) off

1. To look sickly, unwell, or out of sorts, either physically or mentally. You're looking a little 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. To appear 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 off.
3. Of food, to appear spoiled or rotten. These chicken breasts look a little bit off—I think we should throw them in the garbage.
See also: little, look, off
References in classic literature ?
I could hardly wait to see what lay beyond that cornfield; but there was only red grass like ours, and nothing else, though from the high wagon-seat one could look off a long way.
Nay, in the suspense and mystery of the latter question, involving that of where you may be now, there is a solemnity even added to that of death, making us who are in attendance alike afraid to look on you and to look off you, and making those below start at the least sound of a creaking plank in the floor.
EMMERDALE Mon-Fri ITV Alicia's nerves are in shreds as the court case looms on Thursday and David, for one, is struggling not to knock the smug look off creepy Lachlan's face as the unrepentant teen rocks up at the courtroom.
If you want to pull that look off without it looking disastrous, simply follow the color wheel.
She was on time, she knew her lines, hit every mark, made us look off our game.
They were designed for sleeping in and not even Rihanna can pull this look off.
She sang a scorching version of Take That Look Off Your Face - Married Man was another belter - and helped rescue a stream of slow, sub-prime Webber songs by some poignant acting.
If stepping away is impractical, I simply close my eyes or look off into the distance.
I was so stunned I'm surprised she didn't tell me to take that look off my face as well
Supermodel Liz looked stunning in a beautiful powder blue frock, while Jade Jagger carried the new blonde look off beautifully with a bit of hippie boho chic.
The reference for this was of course Walker Evans's subway portraits of 1938-41, but with a difference: Whereas Evans's subtly differentiated subjects sit across the central aisle from him and are variously framed from one shot to another, Delahaye's photos seem to have been taken at very close range, with his subjects' heads occupying most of the rectangle and their features depicted in sharp focus and strong contrasts of light and shadow as they look off to one side or the other--anywhere, we feel, but at the photographer.
Chris Kamara made the point on Sky last week that Pompey didn't look off against Bolton - he backtracked a little bit later but his point had been made.
Anita will sing some of the great songs in musical theatre in this one-woman show, which includes favourites such as Maybe This Time from Cabaret, Take That Look Off Your Face from Tell Me On A Sunday and Sooner Or Later from Dick Tracy.
As he firmly administers the medication, his lace wears the look off the stoic philosopher and the eagerness of the medical intern.