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time off

Time away from work, school, or other responsibilities. I'm looking forward for some time off from my studies over the break to catch up with family and friends. I'm taking some time off of work to look after my daughter while she recovers from her surgery.
See also: off, time

*time off

a period of time that is free from employment. (*Typically: get ~; have ~; give someone ~; take (some) ~.) I'll have to get time off for jury duty. I have time off to go downtown and shop.
See also: off, time

time off

A break from one's employment or school, as in I need some time off from teaching to work on my dissertation, or He took time off to make some phone calls. [First half of 1900s]
See also: off, time
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But I don't think I would take time off if I'd just broken up with someone."
Lee Cooper, 19, of Hunter's Road, Spital Tongues, Newcastle, a business management student at Newcastle University, said: "I would never take time off work because I'd just broken up with someone ( it would be too embarrassing."
"Whilst this is understandable, it is important that small business owners take time off to recharge their batteries just like anybody else."
Do employees have a right to take time off work for public duties?
Yes, most employees have a statutory right to take time off work for certain public duties.
The fear was leading to "presenteeism" where sick people are too scared to take time off when ill.
Senior managers were most likely to take time off to recover from an emotional split, the research showed.
Yesterday, Peugeot said there would not be an opportunity for its Ryton workforce to take time off to watch the match but it would be broadcast over the factory's radio system.
But spokesman for the Chester and North Wales branch of the Federation of Small Businesses, Neil Taylor, said small firms have also been making arrangements to allow staff to take time off.