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off duty

Not engaged in work during one's normal working day or assigned hours. (Hyphenated if used before a noun.) Sorry, I'm off duty. You should ask someone at reception. An off-duty police officer leapt into action and managed to apprehend the criminal.
See also: duty, off

off duty

not working at one's job. (The opposite of on duty.) I'm sorry, I can't talk to you until I'm off duty. The police officer couldn't help me because he was off duty.
See also: duty, off

off duty

see under on duty.
See also: duty, off

on/off ˈduty

(of nurses, police officers, etc.) working/not working at a particular time: Who’s on duty today?What time do you go off duty?
See also: duty, off, on

off duty

Not engaged in or responsible for assigned work.
See also: duty, off
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Regardless of one's military status--whether taking annual leave or liberty, attending school, appearing at a social function, serving an internship, moon-lighting an after-hours job, shopping for groceries, or conducting combat actions against an enemy force--never off duty provides that disciplined methodology to our military lives.
While police officers are allowed to break the speed limit in certain situations, Rachel Burr, campaigns officer for the road safety charity Brake, said police officers can have no excuses for being caught speeding while on or off duty.
Officers who are speeding while off duty must think they are above the law.
Figures released under the Freedom of Information Act show Northumbria Police has 11 officers off duty and Durham three.
Hurley is a convicted murderer and armed robber who was involved in an incident in which an off duty police officer was callously murdered, while bravely trying to intervene in an armed robbery.
Simon Ellershaw, Warwickshire Fire Service area risk manager, said: "As firefighters we are trained to save lives, it's part of what we do whether on or off duty.
In fact, law enforcement officers often lose their lives attempting to enforce the law while off duty.
First on the scene was an off duty paramedic who tried to save him by doing cardio pulmonary resuscitation.
As a result bus drivers had exceeded their driving hours limit and gone off duty.
Workers went on the picket lines when they were off duty, and mail service was not affected, union leaders said.
Deputy Probation Officer Chris Coseglia was off duty and standing outside his car at a Highland Park Burger King a month ago when members of a notorious gang recognized him, harassed him and punched him in the face.
Fullerton said that while the union agrees serious misconduct should be punished, officers are giving up some of their privacy rights by being held to unreasonably high standards when they are off duty.
York, 26, and his fiancee, Deputy Jennifer Parrish, were off duty and unarmed in the De Cut hair salon in Buena Park on Thursday night when two gunmen burst through the door and told everyone to hand over money and valuables.
This is a very novel situation in the sense that the deputy was off duty, on his own time, (and) not in the scope of employment,'' said attorney Rickey Ivie.
The guardsmen, off duty and wearing civilian clothes, were shot only hours before they were to return home from duty at the Olympics.