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off base

off base

Date: Feb 06 2014

Themes: Celebrity


1. Quote - Listen to the quote and guess what the slang means.

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“So obviously, I have a deep compassion for the idea that it’s okay to be myself. The idea that anything ‘other’ is bad and wrong and broken is so wildly off base.”

Actress Natasha Lyonne, talking about a new acting role (Huffington Post)


1. Definition - Study the definition.

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wrong; mistaken; unrealistic

2. Use - Learn how the slang is used.

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In the game of baseball, a player who is standing on base is safe. He cannot be tagged out as long as his foot is touching the white square of rubber. However, once he’s off base, he’s not safe anymore. If a player from the other team catches him off base, he’ll be out!

The expression off base also means that someone is wrong. He or she has a mistaken idea or isn’t thinking clearly about a situation. Maybe someone is off base about the amount of money he thinks he should earn at his job. Maybe a group of students is off base about what they think about a new classmate.

Actress Natasha Lyonne thinks that it is off base for anyone to be judged based on his or her personality. It’s OK to be yourself. Anyone that disagrees is wrong.

Have you ever been off base about something? What made you change your opinion?


1. Examples - Hear some example sentences.

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“It’s totally off base to judge people by where they come from.”

“My dream of being an Olympic ice skater was off base. I can’t skate on ice!”

“You’re off base if you think that you can always be perfect.”


1. Winners - See who guessed the slang definition correctly.

a2020 Not acceptable.
by a2020
 julito Improper understanding.
by julito

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I was totally off base trusting a colleague.  I felt dissapointed.

02:05 PM Feb 13 2014 |




I see,I can use it after.

10:55 AM Feb 07 2014 |




I don’t know that much baseball at all. but , i really think “off base “is a good word which can be used .

09:04 AM Feb 07 2014 |



South Korea

I am a kind of athletic. However, I am afraid of water and I am poor at swimming. So, I am off base if I think that I am good at every sports. 

07:40 PM Feb 06 2014 |




Yes. It’s uncountable. More generally, often in the special cases that i did not keep my eyes open and FOLLOWED MY HEART hastily, along with prejudging about sth or sb made me to be off base and be on the wrong track.

By making a bit more research and thinking about it as well as taking advice of reliable guys around me it was provided to me to change my idea on the related subject.

06:46 PM Feb 06 2014 |




When it comes to me, people are usually off base. They always think that I’m a stuck up guy, but when they talk to me: “_Wow, you’re totally different from what I thought! I’m sorry…”

I agree with Natasha Lyonne… It’s totally off base to be judged based on your personality!

02:31 PM Feb 06 2014 |

manjunath D


it’s common for anyone to be off base, at times. Don’t be off base, always.Be On base !!

10:47 AM Feb 06 2014 |




She doesnt like me, she is totally off base.

08:47 AM Feb 06 2014 |



It is off base for anyone to do things without thinking?

03:57 AM Feb 06 2014 |

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I think we are often ” off base” about to decide  what to do in some hard situation .Usually, the first solution of the problem is several time bad or non proper . What another person will decide to do in the same situation, we should ask ourselves, without to think about his/her social class o nationality. 

08:18 PM Feb 05 2014 |

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