stop off(redirected from stops off)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Financial, Encyclopedia.
To briefly stop in or visit some place during the course of a journey. I thought it was a direct flight to Dublin, but we're actually stopping off in Denver. I need to stop off at the grocery store on my way back home.
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.
stop off (some place) (for a period of time)
to halt or pause for a certain period of time. I need to stop off for a rest. Let's find a little town and stop off. I have to stop off at the store for a minute. We stopped off for a while at the park.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
Also, stop over. Interrupt a journey for a short stay somewhere, as in When we drove through Massachusetts we stopped off for a few days at Cape Cod, or When you're in the area try to stop over and see our new house. [Mid-1800s]
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
To interrupt one's course or journey briefly in order to visit or do business somewhere: I stopped off at the gas station on my way home. We stopped off in San Francisco for a night before continuing on to Honolulu.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.