Meaning of sign off in English:

sign off

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phrasal verb

  • 1Conclude a letter, broadcast, or other message.

    ‘he signed off with a few words of advice’
    • ‘It was their farewell message as they signed off.’
    • ‘The letter signs off with ‘I have no doubt we can look forward to your continued cooperation and support’.’
    • ‘‘Our customers end up saving more and getting a lot more than yours do,’ said the letter before signing off as ‘Your friends at Wanadoo’.’
    • ‘When posting a message, remember to sign off with your name, followed by CPA, Esq. or both, public practice or industry and your city.’
    • ‘I did a broadcast in which I said, I'm signing off now because there's a censor standing there and I'm not supposed to say something and I'd rather say nothing.’
    • ‘She ended her message by saying: ‘Now I need to sign off or I will be cycling home in the dark with no lights!’’
    • ‘I will sign off now with a honest, true and heartfelt message from Britain.’
    • ‘They were signing off for the season at the end of the broadcast last night.’
    • ‘At the end of every message that you post, you can sign off by mentioning your name and the URL of your web site.’
    • ‘It has been my honor to serve you this year, but before I sign off, I have one more message to share with you.’
    1. 1.1Conclude an activity.
      ‘she signed off from her talk show in September’
      • ‘In 1891/92 he signed off from big cricket with the wicket of WG Grace in a game with Lord Sheffield's team.’
      • ‘Meanwhile, good luck to Linda who signed off from AM this morning and heads to London with her partner.’
      • ‘He signed off from the Army in October 1991 and is due to leave in October 1992.’
      • ‘He had initially envisaged signing off more than two decades of international competition when having his fourth and final crack at the World Masters.’
      • ‘On February 2nd, 1992, the Judge signs off his adjudication of the five year case.’
    2. 1.2Sign a register to record that one is leaving work for the day.
      • ‘a colleague saw me home and signed off for me’
    3. 1.3sign someone off, sign off someoneRecord that someone is entitled to miss work, typically because of illness.
      ‘she had seen her doctor and been signed off for a month’
      • ‘He published statistics earlier this year saying that 80% of illnesses in the civil service were self-certified - in other words they had not been signed off by a doctor.’
      • ‘In the first place you don't necessarily need a doctor to sign you off.’
      • ‘McGhee said: ‘We're all hopeful the doctor will sign Timmy off.’’
      • ‘Like 15 and 16-year-olds across East Lancashire they were signed off on exam leave at the end of last week.’
      • ‘I just can't seem to get going on anything so my Doctor, who showed some genuine interest this time, has signed me off for a month.’
      • ‘They inserted a metal plate and signed him off from his job as a computer salesman for up to three weeks.’
      • ‘Insiders claimed staff were guilty of ‘time theft’ with workers going home early and asking colleagues to sign them off.’
      • ‘When it first happened I was so upset, I couldn't go to work and I was signed off.’
      • ‘His doctor soon signed him off work with severe stress and high blood pressure.’
      • ‘She later sought medical help for pain in her right arm and her doctor signed her off sick for 12 months.’
    4. 1.4Bridge Indicate by a conventional bid that one is seeking to end the bidding.
  • 2British Register to stop receiving unemployment benefit after finding work.

    ‘I signed off when I found myself a job’
    • ‘He was unable to find a place on the scheme, despite having no job, because he had been encouraged to sign off as unemployed some years earlier.’
    • ‘He added: ‘I would be concerned if individual soldiers are being pressurised into signing off because it's felt that they are a burden and the powers that be want them off the books.’’