off-peak

off-peak
off-peak ˌoff-ˈpeak adjective [only before a noun]
1. TRAVEL off-peak travel, electricity etc is cheaper than normal because fewer people are travelling, using electricity etc at that time:

• discounts on off-peak travel

2. COMMERCE off-peak hours or periods are the times when fewer people want to do or use something, and when it is usually cheaper:

• Telephone charges are lower during off-peak periods.

— compare peak2
— off-peak adverb :

• It is much cheaper to travel off-peak.

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off-peak UK US /ˌɒfˈpiːk/ US  /ˈɒfˈpiːk/ adjective [before noun]
not at the most popular and expensive time, when many people are doing or using a particular thing: »

off-peak phone calls

»

off-peak train times

»

off-peak hours

»

Off-peak fares are cheaper prices for travelling on trains that are less busy.

off-peak adverb
»

It's cheaper to travel off-peak.


Financial and business terms. 2012.

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  • off-peak — adj especially BrE 1.) off peak hours or periods are times that are less busy because fewer people want to do or use something ▪ Telephone charges are lower during off peak periods . 2.) off peak travel, electricity etc is cheaper because it is… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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  • off-peak — (adj.) 1906, originally in reference to electrical systems, from OFF (Cf. off) (adv.) + PEAK (Cf. peak) (n.) …   Etymology dictionary

  • off-peak — [ôf′pēk′] adj. of or pertaining to periods of time when activity, use, etc. is not at a peak …   English World dictionary

  • off-peak — off′ peak′ adj. cvb of, pertaining to, or during a period of less than maximum frequency, demand, intensity, or use • Etymology: 1915–20 …   From formal English to slang

  • off-peak — ► ADJECTIVE & ADVERB ▪ at a time when demand is less …   English terms dictionary

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  • off-peak — /awf peek , of /, adj. 1. of, pertaining to, or during a period of less than maximum frequency, demand, intensity, or use: the off peak travel season; off peak train fares. 2. lower than the maximum: off peak production. [1915 20] * * * …   Universalium

  • off-peak — adjective 1 off peak hours or periods are times when fewer people want to do or use something: Telephone charges are lower during off peak periods. 2 off peak travel, electricity etc is cheaper because it is done or used at these times …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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