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Difference between Day off and Off day

day offa day away from work, school, etc.:

  • The bus-driver spends his “day off ” in driving on a pal’s bus, on the box-seat by his pal’s side.

Note: The expression is not equivalent in meaning to the phrase day out

1. a day away from home when one is free from duty:

  • Ollie just loves going to shows and he thoroughly enjoyed his day out.

2. a servant’s free day:

  • When it is the maid’s day out, Jack insists on helping with the dishes.

off day

1. a day when one does not feel fit or does not perform well:

  • The bartender could have smiled a little but maybe it was his off day.

2. = day off 1:

  • I could also change which day was my off day to line up with friends’ birthdays or other celebrations.

Note: The expression does not correlate in meaning with the phrase far-off day—a day remote in time:

  • On that far-off day I lay on the rocks and listened to the deep rhythm of the Atlantic.