One-off meaning

wŭnôf, -ŏf
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Occurring once; one-time.

The government insisted that the embarrassing loss of the tax records was a one-off event.

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The definition of a one-off is something that happens only a single time.

An example of a one-off is an experiment that works out once.

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Happening, done, or made only once.
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Something that is not repeated or reproduced.
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Happening, made, done, etc. only once; not repeated.
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Something that is one of a kind, not part of a series, etc.
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(1) One disc at a time. Recorded CD-R discs are called one-offs because they are "burned" one at a time in an optical drive.
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(idiomatic) Something that is done, created, etc. only once, and often quickly, simply, or improvisationally.

I'll put together a quick one-off as a sample so we can taste the recipe.

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Origin of one-off

  • Probably from foundry work, for which making reusable molds is expensive and expediency the rule for molds not to be reused.

    From Wiktionary