Idiom:  take (time) off


Idiom:  take (time) off / take off (time)

  • to not work for a period of time

Note:  You can specify—or not specifythe period of time, as needed.

Example sentences

— My husband took time off from work to take care of me after my surgery.

— This week has been hell because my boss and the receptionist took the week off and I was left to do everything.

— I decided to take the day off and run some errands.

— Could I take off next Friday?  I need to see the dentist.

— You've been a bit irritated with other members of the team recently and we've decided it would be a good idea for you to take time off for a little while. 

— The director just announced that no one can take time off between November 7-10. We need everyone to help out with the annual Gala.

— How many days do we get to take off for maternity and paternity leave?

— I wish I could go with you to Florida but I don't have any time to take off from work.

— Our son decided to take time off after high school to travel and work for awhile before going to university.

— Does the boss ever take a day off?

— I really need to take time off. I'm burned out but unfortunately the bills don't pay themselves.

— Think carefully about getting a job in retail. There will be zero chance that you can take time off at the holidays.

 I really need a vacation but every time I take time off I come back to a huge pile of work so it's almost not worth it.

— On your first day, you'll meet with the HR director to talk about your benefits, submitting timesheets, procedures for requesting to take time off, etc.


  • take leave from
  • go one leave
  • take a break

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