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Way off vs Way out

way off

1. far away:

  • I am going somewhere; but I don’t know where. Way off, anyhow.

2. quite wrong; greatly mistaken:

  • My attitude indications on the instrument panel are way off.

way out

1. = way off 1:

  • After a prolonged journey by bus, Clarissa alighted way out on the North Circular Road.

2. = way off 2:

  • I would not presume to argue with Edward on matters botanical, but he is way out on snakes.

3. (sl.) highly peculiar or unusual (being too modern):

  • This new music is too way out for me—I prefer what I am already familiar with.

4. (sl.) heavily alcohol or drug intoxicated:

  • That guy is way out—can’t even walk.