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present tense
I/you/we/theystay off
he/she/itstays off
present participlestaying off
past tensestayed off
past participlestayed off
  1. 1
    [transitive] stay off something to avoid eating a particular food, avoid drinking a particular drink, or avoid using illegal drugs

    The best advice is to stay off alcohol altogether.

  2. 2
    [intransitive/transitive] British to not go to work or school because you are ill

    She stayed off for another two days.

    stay off something:

    I daren't stay off work.

  3. 3
    [transitive] stay off something to avoid mentioning something

    My main concern was to stay off the subject of religion.

  4. 4
    [transitive] stay off something to avoid going to a particular place

    We decided to stay off the motorway.

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