off the beam


off the beam
phrasal
: not following a guiding beam : proceeding on a wrong course : deviating from the normal or true

truly off the beam and wandering in a Stygian darkness — Peggy Bennett

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off the beam
1. Off the course shown by a radio beam
2. Off the right track (figurative)
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Main Entry:beam
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off beam or off the beam see under ↑beam or see ↑off-beam above.
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Main Entry:off

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • off the beam — {adv.} or {adj. phr.} 1. (Of an airplane) Not in the radio beam that marks the path to follow between airports; flying in the wrong direction. * /A radio signal tells the pilot of an airplane when his plane is off the beam./ 2. {slang} Wrong;… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • off the beam — {adv.} or {adj. phr.} 1. (Of an airplane) Not in the radio beam that marks the path to follow between airports; flying in the wrong direction. * /A radio signal tells the pilot of an airplane when his plane is off the beam./ 2. {slang} Wrong;… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • off\ the\ beam — adv or adj. phr. 1. (Of an airplane) Not in the radio beam that marks the path to follow between airports; flying in the wrong direction. A radio signal tells the pilot of an airplane when his plane is off the beam. 2. slang Wrong; mistaken. Maud …   Словарь американских идиом

  • off the beam — wrong, mistaken What he said about the new office was right off the beam and should be ignored by everyone …   Idioms and examples

  • off the beam —  Wrong. Thinking along incorrect lines …   A concise dictionary of English slang

  • off the beat — phrasal or off beat : out of tempo : showing irregularity : off the beam …   Useful english dictionary

  • beam, off the —  Wrong. On the wrong track, adj. off beam …   A concise dictionary of English slang

  • on the beam — {adv.} or {adj. phr.} 1. (Of an airplane) In the radio beam that marks the path to follow between airports; flying in the right direction. * /A radio signal tells the pilot of an airplane when he is flying on the beam./ 2. {slang} Doing well;… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • on the beam — {adv.} or {adj. phr.} 1. (Of an airplane) In the radio beam that marks the path to follow between airports; flying in the right direction. * /A radio signal tells the pilot of an airplane when he is flying on the beam./ 2. {slang} Doing well;… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • on\ the\ beam — adv or adj. phr. 1. (Of an airplane) In the radio beam that marks the path to follow between airports; flying in the right direction. A radio signal tells the pilot of an airplane when he is flying on the beam. 2. slang Doing well; just right;… …   Словарь американских идиом


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