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change off

1. To alternate with another person while working on a task. When doing manual labor, it always helps to change off with another person and take a rest.
2. To alternate between two tasks. Because I was the only one available to work on the mailing, I had to change off between folding letters and stuffing envelopes.
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change off

[for people] to alternate in doing something. Tom and I changed off so neither of us had to answer the phone all the time. Let's change off every 30 minutes.
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change off

Alternate, or take turns. This phrase is used either for two individuals alternately performing a task, as in Lifting cement blocks is such heavy work that they decided to change off periodically, or for one person alternately performing two tasks, as in I can concentrate on this book only for short periods so I frequently change off and work in the garden . Also see change of pace.
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change off

v.
1. To alternate with someone in performing some task: I changed off washing the dishes with my brother. If you two change off once in a while, the work will be less tiring.
2. To perform two tasks at once by alternating, or perform a single task by alternate means: Every so often I changed off between pushing and pulling the cart up the hill.
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References in classic literature ?
But I made out to see that the drift of the current was towards the left- hand shore, which meant that I was in a crossing; so I changed off and went that way.
When his rifle got too hot, Saxtorph changed off. That had been his idea when he carried two rifles up with him.
Things may have changed off the pitch, but the professionalism on it has not.
But while situations and personnel have changed off the park Lennon insists it simply has to stay the same when it comes to matters on the pitch.
"The decision changed off the back of the court decision, from our point of view.
Slade added: "What Mark and other people don't understand is there are certain factors that have changed off the pitch, in terms of the financial side."
"There wasn't any negativity from him which shows that something has changed off the pitch and that we are growing together.
That changed off the final bend, however, as early-paced duo Kindred Sparky and, particularly, Cabra Fly began to tread water and his stamina saw him through on the run for home.
While this was accounted for in-running, with nobody prepared to go much above 3 after a couple of furlongs, the situation changed off the home turn and she was matched at all rates up to 4 before reeling in clear leader Multahab and winning easily.
He said: "Rangers have changed off the field for the better with the new board and investment promised.
"Things have changed off the park for me recently as I have bought a newsagent's shop in Coatbridge, which is abit of a change from my old job as a taxi driver.