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off course

1. Literally, in the wrong direction or away from the intended course. Could you check the map? I think we're a bit off course.
2. By extension, going against or straying away from an established plan or the correct or intended course of action. I got a little off course after my girlfriend broke up with me, so I'm trying to get refocused on my studies. This project is so off course that I don't know if it's worth continuing.
See also: course, off

*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

Away from the planned or intended course.
See also: course, off
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The ferry, which is operated by Finland's Viking Line, was blown off course by wind of 25-35 metres per second despite the auto-pilot maintaining the correct course, reported the YLE teletext news.
Colin Bodill, 49, was forced to land by jet fighters when he was blown 100 miles off course.
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The aircraft veered off course en route to Florida and was reported to have crossed Cuban airspace before downing in Jamaica.
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A TINY American songbird survivedagainst all theoddsafter it was blown thousands of miles off course across the Atlantic And birdwatchers on the Shetlands were delighted when they found the rare veery - atype of small thrush -exhausted but safe after its epic journey.
Nigel Spencer, Sunderlands' man on the rails, said: "Pivotal Point was well laid off course at 12-1 and we took an pounds 8,000-pounds 1,000 on course, but we still have our noses just in front.