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off duty

Officially not in the capacity of working during one's normal working day or assigned hours; not on duty. Typically used of doctors, nurses, and police officers. Often hyphenated. 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.
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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.
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off duty

see under on duty.
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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.
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The off-duty police officers were initially treated as witnesses but were interviewed as potential suspects after counterallegations were made against them."
Ragusa, Sicily, police official Antonino Ciavola said the fire department's command centre tipped off authorities that one squad of off-duty firefighters was being disproportionally called to fight fires.
Whether off-duty or on, what all those who tended for Richard share is a sense of duty.
on Friday, taking away firearms from the Dasia security agency and kidnapping the off-duty soldier from the 8th Infantry Battalion.
Driving on Athalassa Avenue in Nicosia with her window half open, an off-duty police officer detected the pungent smell and followed her home.
An off-duty police officer saw the two and rescued the child while the woman managed to make her own way to safety.
The 47-year-old, reported to be an off-duty police officer, was airlifted to Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary after sustaining serious back, pelvic and arm injuries in the fall.
According to DNAinfo, Jewish families in West Rogers Park have hired off-duty Chicago police officers to patrol the neighborhood on Shabbat and holidays when they are unable to drive and use their cell phones.
OFF-DUTY police have been thanked by public transport providers for helping challenge abusive passengers and bad on-board behaviour.
Monitoring landing pattern traffic at the end of a busy watch, he observed a light civilian twin-engine aircraft appear unannounced on final approach to the off-duty runway.
Coordinator Lexi Strode told me the company's young line of XD-S pistols--slim, polymer-framed, striker-fired and available in 9mm or .45 ACP--are now their most popular off-duty guns.
He said off-duty security officials also kept guns along as a serious need for their own security.
-- Investigators were looking into whether mental illness played a role in the death of an off-duty eastern Pennsylvania deputy sheriff after he took another off-duty officer hostage at gunpoint before fatally shooting himself, police said Saturday.
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