off course

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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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Norwegian co-directors Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg, whose 2012 Kon-Tiki turned explorer Thor Heyerdahl's legendary crossing of the Pacific on a balsawood raft into an oceangoing epic, drift off course here.
What happens is, the regions must then rely on the youngsters coming through their academies to fill the void and ensure the season doesn't drift off course.
He planned to swim along the shoreline so he wouldn't drift off course, but he battled a strong headwind during the swim and had to be pulled out and treated for hypothermia, spokesman Mike Moffett said.
The ship did not just drift off course, it started to sink," Bull wrote in his column for the Guardian.
LANE Departure Warning in case you drift off course, while Lane Keeping Aid will gently steer you back.
My life (or at least the next 20 minutes of it) was now entirely in the hands of Nicci, who would be regulating my air supply, and ensuring we didn't drift off course and resurface in Saudi Arabian waters.
This allows us to carefully assess their progress and intervene quickly if they start to drift off course.
That means picking a heading with the CDI needle centered, waiting to drift off course, applying a correction to get on course, dialing out some of that correction to hopefully stay on course and waiting for needle motion again.
The high court did strike down more direct forms of aid to religious schools in the 1960s and '70s but began to drift off course in the '80s as more conservative appointments were made.
It was their belief that stronger than normal winds had caused the Electra to drift off course so that it ended up south of Howland Island.
With a fairly strong crosswind, it was not uncommon for the bullet to drift off course from one to two feet at ranges of 200 and 250 yards.
Dettori, 29, messed up when allowing Swain to drift off course and throw away victory in the Classic race in 1998.
The beauty of track is that you can see this situation long before you actually do drift off course. The GPS recomputes your path over the ground so quickly it's almost an instantaneous readout of which way the airplane is going.
``This new Assembly Government needs to start steering, or the Welsh health service will continue to drift off course.''