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Usage examples for offhand

  1. The reporters are never away from the laboratory very long; for if they have no actual mission of inquiry, there is always the chance of a good story being secured offhand and the easy, inveterate good- nature of Edison toward reporters is proverbial in the craft. – Edison, His Life and Inventions by Frank Lewis Dyer and Thomas Commerford Martin
  2. And as the little girl, hypnotized by the other's casual, offhand way of issuing instructions, began to fumble with the knives and forks she went on: " Why, you'd start your fire that way, and then you'd never let it go out. – Understood Betsy by Dorothy Canfield
  3. Can you manage to ride on Transcontinental trains without being recognized offhand – The Honorable Senator Sage-Brush by Francis Lynde
  4. I should say offhand that there was not one man in a hundred who was fighting consciously for any great recognized principle. – A Yankee in the Trenches by R. Derby Holmes
  5. That genial gentleman was evidently ill at ease, but he said in an offhand way- The ladies have already breakfasted. – One Day's Courtship The Heralds Of Fame by Robert Barr
  6. In six months he returned, and whether it was that he was told of by others, or at last perceived, my feelings towards him, he joined the crowd of suitors, made a proposal in his offhand manner, as if he was indifferent as to my reply, and was accepted. – Poor Jack by Frederick Marryat
  7. We don't take little children offhand this way. – Mary Louise and Josie O'Gorman by Emma Speed Sampson
  8. At this point, seeing she had mentioned Louie, I thought it safe to venture an offhand Oh, how's Louie, by the way?" – The Debit Account by Oliver Onions
  9. In order to do it here, one would say offhand that Mary would have to be here, and since her mother declines to bring her, it does look to me as if the job would have to be done by somebody else. – Captivating Mary Carstairs by Henry Sydnor Harrison
  10. Rose wondered at the offhand way in which her mother could talk of fifty clever men; it seemed to her that the whole world couldn't contain such a number. – The-Chaperon by James, Henry
  11. Another point which the critic of " Blackwood's Magazine" has noticed has not been so generally observed: it is what he calls " a dashing, offhand rattling style,"-" fast" writing. – Memoir of John Lothrop Motley, v1 by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. Edition: 10 Language: English
  12. " Very well," he said, offhand – Where the Pavement Ends by John Russell
  13. Although nothing less than results from actual experiments are acceptable to him as established facts, this view of Edison may also account for his peculiar and somewhat weird ability to " guess" correctly, a faculty which has frequently enabled him to take short cuts to lines of investigation whose outcome has verified in a most remarkable degree statements apparently made offhand and without calculation. – Edison, His Life and Inventions by Frank Lewis Dyer and Thomas Commerford Martin
  14. " If I were you," said he, in rather an offhand way, " I would either forgive this man the sin into which his love has betrayed him, or I would try to get a divorce. – Put Yourself in His Place by Charles Reade
  15. The dashing offhand brush was like a young thoroughbred, that could not be pulled, let the jockey saw at his mouth as he might. – The Lovels of Arden by M. E. Braddon
  16. He nodded in an offhand surly fashion- but he might be excused for being a little out of temper. – The Great Miss Driver by Anthony Hope
  17. " Suppose you just pay the whole bill yourself, and let us pay you," he suggested in an offhand way to Meers. – Get-Rich-Quick Wallingford by George Randolph Chester
  18. I do not care for the kind of offhand composition Bland asked for. – The Red Hand of Ulster by George A. Birmingham
  19. And now ensued a particularly busy time for us all; for when we came to consider the situation we found that there were several matters demanding our attention, and they were all of so urgent a character that it was rather difficult for us to determine offhand which should be the first to receive it. – Turned Adrift by Harry Collingwood
  20. A couple of pages might be filled almost offhand with the genuine compliments of his contemporaries, and he will probably remain a " poet's poet" as long as poets write in English. – Adventures in Criticism by Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch