Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

(know) offhand

offhandknow offhand
Meaning(s)
1) without careful thought or investigation
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    • (don't) know facts/figures offhand
  • Analysis
    The phrase to say something 'offhand' means to say something or give information without checking first if the information is correct or accurate. This phrase is similar to 'off the top of my head' or 'as far as I can remember' and it is a good expression to use if you want to warn others that the answer you are giving might not be 100% correct or you are giving an estimate. If you 'know something offhand' it means you know the information correctly without checking.
  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. I can't think of any examples offhand, but I'm sure Katie has done something like that before.
    2. Don't bother looking up that address, I know offhand what it is.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. When Tim's boss asked him for last month's sales figures, he couldn't recall what they were offhand. He said he would look them up and then get back to her.
    2. Do you happen to know, offhand, how much stock you have stored in the warehouse?
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