off the reservation

off the reservation

1. Outside the bounds of control, propriety, or acceptance of a given group. The phrase refers to the forced relocation of Native Americans to Indian reservations in the United States. Because of this origin, the phrase can be considered offensive or inappropriate. The youths in this area seems content to remain largely off the reservation, as if they are beholden to no form of authority.
2. Different or contrary to the accepted norm. The vice president seems to be off the reservation regarding his views on legalizing marijuana.
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If he is not handled properly he will go off the reservation.
Plans for the transit system call for routes that connect residents with healthcare, education and services on and off the reservation.
But then he went off the reservation and went bats- crazy," Cuban said.
Or we went completely off the reservation and ended up in ashrams or eating cheeseburgers on Yom Kippur, and spending lifetimes in therapy.
Milroy reported from the Washington Territory: "I had the board to lay off the reservation into seven road districts, and to appoint a road supervisor in each, whom I instructed in their duties in relation to warning out the able-bodied men of their districts, opening and constructing roads and bridges, keeping the same in repair.
The Yakama Nation in Washington state recently banned marijuana on the reservation and is trying to halt state regulated pot sales and grows on lands off the reservation where it still holds hunting and fishing rights.
As duck hunters, we mostly had Labs but we also had some goldens, and at one point we kind of went off the reservation and got a German shorthaired pointer.
Those who reported living off the reservation for some period of time were least likely to use the drug.
Next up for Elkann's Rome-based shingle, launched in 2010, is "Land," about Lakota Sioux living on the Pine Ridge reservation in South Dakota, and their problems with alcohol, sold to them by their white neighbors off the reservation.
Even when sanctuaries were created for them, droughts drove the animals off the reservation, where more bullets awaited them.
thumbs down] (1) Has Byrnes gone off the reservation again?
But the transition off the reservation into college life has been rocky for some of the state's top native players, if they left home at all.
We've accomplished so much for the tribal community in those 20 years, but also for the entire region, on and off the Reservation.