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off the hook

Do you sometimes use this idiom to mean 'awesome'??? Emotion: tongue tied

My understanding of 'off the hook' is;
out of trouble / released from some difficulty or trouble

I was watching a drama the other day, and there one young guy said that young people use 'off the hook' more often than 'awesome.'
Is this true?

Many thanks for your reply in advance.

Candy
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Hi Candy,

I've certainly never heard it used that way. Are you 100% sure you heard it correctly?
Hi Grammar Geek,

Thanks for your reply.Emotion: smile

Yes, answering to your question, I'm pretty sure I heard it correctly.
Actually, when the young guy mentioned 'off the hook' to mean 'awesome', the other speaker said to him; "It doesn't make any sense."

Maybe the young one made fun of the other speaker???
Hmmm.... !!Emotion: hmm
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I wonder whether the young guy may have meant 'off the dial'. I have heard this many times.
Dials are often used in instruments to display measurements, so, if something is described as being 'off the dial' it is being considered too great to be measured.

'Off the dial' shouldn't be confused with 'off ones dial' or 'off ones face', meaning greatly affected by recreational consciousness-altering substances.

Is it possible the young guy was off his... um... Never mind.
Mike In Japan'Off the dial' shouldn't be confused with 'off ones dial' or 'off ones face', meaning greatly affected by recreational consciousness-altering substances.

Is it possible the young guy was off his... um... Never mind.
Lol. I don't think so.....At lease the guy 'looked' okay......but who knows!!

Thank you so much for the explanation of those interesting phrases.
I know 'off one's face'..... but didn't know the other ones.
I've learned something new!Emotion: smileThanks again.

Uh.... let me ask you one question.
How many times have you ever been completely off your face?
I've checked 'off the hook' on some online dictionary websites.
While I was browsing, I came across an interesting website.
It shows a lot of slang expressions.

http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=off+the+hook
"Urban Dictionary"....!!

According to it, the slang "off the hook" can mean 'cool' or 'happening' ........
...this is very confusing for me..... Emotion: crying....because it's very different from its original definition.Emotion: surprise
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See how out of touch with slang I am? I've never heard "off your face" either!
Candy I know 'off one's face'..... but didn't know the other ones.

Uh.... let me ask you one question.
How many times have you ever been completely off your face?
MANY! But not lately.
Waking up on a construction site in the center of Sydney bright and early one morning, minus my shoes, socks, and mobile phone, cured me (I think). That was almost twenty years ago.. O.K. fifteen... O.K. ten - and it scared the living daylights out of me! My undies were intact, so was my wallet, and I found my shoes and socks nearby - so it wasn't as bad as it could have been.
I would go on, but I think you may have already heard this story, Candy (scaling a high security high-rise apartment block to surprise visit an ever-so-cute Taiwanese girlfriend, dialing my own phone, paying that Pommie bastard to meet for a game of pool, etc. - ringing any bells?).

Lol... how about you? Is there anything you would care to bare for a worldwide audience? Emotion: stick out tongue
I''m getting too old to get really off my face these days but I certainly used to. Although New Year 06 was quite memorable now I think about it.
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