Put off (turn off)

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Chinese,Cantonese,Sichuan dialect

My teacher told me "put off" has a meaning of "turn off" in today's class:

Please put off all the lights as you leave the building.

But I looked the phrase up and didn't find anything related to "turn off", is it a rare usage?

Thanks a lot
  • natkretep

    Moderato con anima (English Only)
    English (Singapore/UK), basic Chinese
    I don't think I'd use it, but I'd understand it. I might say 'put out' though.


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    English - British
    You "turn the light off" or you "put the light out".

    "Put off" has a variety of idiomatic uses, but I don't think you can apply it to lights (except in Manchester). There may be regional differences here.

    British National Corpus: "put the light out" = 9 results; "put the light off" = 4 results.
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