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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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Maintaining a conviction of never off duty instills a disciplined standard of living and will help guide decisions that may in fact prevent or avoid a poor plan or a poor choice.
The off duty police officer only graduated from police academy two months ago.
Details of whether the offences were committed on or off duty were not revealed by South Wales Police, but a spokeswoman for the force said that in the vast majority of cases, officers were found to have a "legitimate" reason for exceeding the speed limit.
Police officers are expected to follow the same policies and procedures off duty as they do while on duty.
PC Smith was off duty in his own vehicle, with his two children, when he saw two men breaking into a vehicle.
Phil Davies, manager of Mid and South Wales Safety Camera Partnership, added: 'Police officers on and off duty have to comply with the law.
Gay Wilson, who was off duty at the time, was travelling on an American Airlines flight when she went to the toilet and claimed to have found a bomb note.
When they go off duty, the process of "coming down" begins to take effect on the body and mind.
Ex-soldier Sheila Higham was awarded a war pension even though she was off duty during the attack.
WHY is it that when a police officer is off duty and he observes a situation which requires the presence of police officers, instead of calling for the police to attend just like any other law abiding member of the public would do, or should do, this off duty officer decides to deal with it himself.
When he is off duty, the unit uses alarms but residents seldom attempt elopement--they've learned with Magic's help that it is inappropriate.
Police officers in Tennessee still possess their full array of official authority even when off duty, the court noted.
Yates was off duty on November 9, 2005, when he heard sirens and a dispatch call for a house on fire near his own home.
It's been an incredibly tough week for police officers and this shows that they are never off duty.
As he was getting away, the off duty police officer, who had his mother in the car at the time, realised what was going on and went after him.