go off on a tangent

Meaning(s)

1. bring up a topic irrelevant to the main discussion

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went off on a tangent

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To 'go off on a tangent' means to follow a completely different line of thought or action to others around you. When you go off on a tangent it might mean you spend time considering something other than the main topic of conversation or divert the focus of a group or meeting. 

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  1. I was trying to get Tom's opinion on the car I wanted to buy but instead he went off on a tangent about rising fuel prices. 
  2. Sarah started her essay strongly before going off on a tangent that led nowhere and cost her a good grade. 

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  1. If we keep going off on a tangent will be here all day can we please keep focused on the subject at hand?
  2. If we want to creative and original ideas we will have to do allow for going off on a tangent now and again and not be constrained.

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