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phrasal verb
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theystay off
he/she/itstays off
present participlestaying off
past tensestayed off
past participlestayed off
  1. 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.

  2. 5
    [intransitive] if weight that you have lost from your body stays off, you do not become heavier again

    Let’s make sure those pounds stay off.

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