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BASE. Something low; inferior. This word is frequently used in composition; as base court, base estate, base fee, &c.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Ted Solonar, JBLM provost marshal, the most common questions are, "Now that marijuana is legal in Washington, how does that apply to dependents or service members off base? Can we smoke marijuana in on-base quarters?
Riders are required to take a Motorcycle Safety Foundation safety course in order to ride on or off base. Additionally, the Navy and Marine Corps have teamed with the foundation and developed a course tailored specifically for sport bikes.
I also thought that the Emerson quote was a little off base as well.
First, we identified our target markets and those that we wanted to build relationships with: local Japanese police departments, the Military Family Housing office, newly arriving naval personnel and their families and those families already living off base. We basically had to sell the N2N project to these communities to make N2N successful.
"The system has many capabilities, on and off base."
He was perfectly in line with Rudolf Diesel's thinking, but slightly off base by a hundred odd years.
I HAVE THE HOLIDAY ISSUE (December 2005) with General Patton on the front cover, and the first thing I noticed was that the ribbons on his Ike jacket were way off base as far as being in the order of precedence.
At the time of the "Mutiny at Freeman Field," my mother and I (born in November 1944) were living off base. We are very proud of those Tuskegee Airmen who understood their historic role in our American story and history, even while America was fighting to bring democracy to the rest of the world.
New research from the University of Maryland shows that this metaphor might be off base. IT researchers at the school concluded that "port scans did not appear to be a good indicator of a future attack," and more than half of attacks are not preceded by any kind of scan.
for not ratifying the Kyoto Treaty, is also way off base. The truth is that to meet Kyoto's requirements would be to commit economic hari-kari.
These scenarios were not completely off base. Communication technology is in fact advancing rapidly, with wireless, satellite and cellular forms of communication being high-growth industries throughout the world.
In fact, he may have been off base seeking out Sutherland in the first place.