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off the wall

Meaning: eccentric, extreme, unconventional

For example:

  • Some of the clothes that young fashion designers create these days are so off the wall that no-one could possibly wear them in daily life.

  • Some of Jenny's ideas seem pretty off the wall when you first hear them, but when she explains them you can see where she's coming from.

Quick Quiz:

Many of Captain Beefheart's songs are really off the wall. They are
  1. very strange
  2. really terrible
  3. not original

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