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go off (3) British and Australian English

Meaning: If foods or drinks go off, they go bad and aren't safe to eat or drink.

Synonym: go bad, spoil

For example:

  • go off Kylie keeps leftovers in the fridge until they go off, and then she throws them away.

  • go off If you freeze bread, it won't go off and it'll last much longer.

Variety: This is typically used in British and Australian English but may be used in other varieties of English too.

Quick Quiz:

If you look in your friend's fridge and find leftover pizza that's going off, you should tell him to
  1. eat it quickly
  2. give it away
  3. throw it away

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