be off base

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be off base

1. To be inaccurate or wrong. I never once said that! Your reporter is completely off base in her accusations. I thought I knew what real estate costs around here, but wow, I was totally off base.
2. Of a runner in baseball, to not be touching the base. The pitcher saw that the runner at first was off base and threw him out.
See also: base, off

be off base

  (American & Australian)
to be wrong The company chairman dismissed the experts' report as completely off base.
See touch base
See also: base, off