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Surprising, strange, bizarre, weird, unconventional


  • This idiom might have been originated from sports like handball, squash or racquetball in which the player hits the ball against the ball. The ball coming back from the ball has unpredictable behavior. Thus the player doesn’t exactly know where the ball will be headed. The expression is thought to be originated from this behavior of ball to describe people with unconventional and surprising behavior.

After reading the article, his reaction was off the wall.

Submitted on February 25, 2019

Additional definitions for 'Off-the-Wall':

off-the-wallGreatly inappropriate.
off-the-wallWildly unconventional; bizarre; absurd.
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von der Wand

fuera de la pared


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