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Phrasal Verbs

go off (3)

This page is about the phrasal verb 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

a. eat it quickly

b. give it away

c. throw it away

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