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switch off

1. To disable, disconnect, or stop the function of something, with or as with a power switch. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "switch" and "off." Please switch the water off when you're done brushing your teeth. I forgot to switch off my laptop, and now the battery is dead.
2. To cease functioning or become disabled or disconnected from power automatically. The computer switches off if has been inactive for more than an hour. The lights should switch off once there's no longer any motion on the premises.
3. To become unfocused, inattentive, or disengaged. I could tell my students were starting to switch off during my class, so I brought out the projector and started using old cartoons to illustrate my points. I like watching trashy TV shows as a way of switching off after a busy day of work.
4. To share a role or task with someone, alternating when each person is responsible. My wife and I switch off putting the kids to bed each night. There are too many dishes for one person to clean all of them, so let's just switch off halfway through.
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switch someone or something off

to cause someone or something to be quiet or stop doing something. I got tired of listening to her, so I punched the button and switched her off. I switched off the television set.
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switch off

 
1. Lit. [for something] to turn itself off. At midnight, all the lights switched off automatically. The television switched off after I went to sleep.
2. Fig. [for someone] to stop paying attention; to become oblivious to everything. I got tired of listening and switched off. You could see that the audience was switching off.
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switch off

Stop paying attention, lose interest, as in Whenever he starts in on economics, I switch off automatically. This metaphoric expression transfers turning off a light switch or similar device to diverting one's attention. [c. 1860] Also see switch on.
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switch off

v.
1. To deactivate something using a switch: We switched off the lights before we left the house. Switch that vacuum cleaner off so you can hear what I'm saying.
2. To stop paying attention; lose interest: The whole class switched off when the professor started talking about accounting.
3. To alternate performing some task with another person: We switch off the baby-sitting every Friday so that one of us can go to the movies. It's a long drive, but if we switch off we won't get tired.
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switch off

in. to become oblivious to everything. I want to go home and switch off—just forget this whole day. I have to switch off when I go home.
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We know that community groups in Wales are taking positive action for the environment and this year we want to celebrate that by finding a champion community to lead the switch off.
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In Britain, 26 town and city councils signed up to switch off non-essential lights as did several historic buildings including Prince Charles' private residence Highgrove House.
When I got the job I brought in my own staff, so when I get my one or two days off, trust me I do switch off.
When I hear the whingeing Irish voice I switch off.
He and his fellow members of Team SecureHorizons will attempt to break their 1994 masters (ages 60 and over) record of eight days, five hours and 17 minutes by employing a unique strategy of forming two teams of two riders that will switch off biking duties for eight-hour periods.
With AutoLifeSaver, Android users never again have to manually switch off WiFi or Bluetooth just to save battery life - AutoLifeSaver will do that automatically and improves battery life by up to 30% by managing WiFi and Bluetooth based on location.
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The event, to be held on March 19 this year, encourages people around the world to switch off all non-essential lights for an hour in a bid to raise awareness about climate change.
He added: "When you switch off, you make a year-long commitment to reduce your impact on planet Earth.
We will switch off from the Champions League now and then switch on again.
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