off the point

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For some minutes he was immovable, without taking his eye off the point of observation.
But from off the Point Pedro shore I saw a dark line form on the water and travel toward us.
What with the birthday visitors, and what with the cards, and what with the fight, my stay had lasted so long, that when I neared home the light on the spit of sand off the point on the marshes was gleaming against a black night-sky, and Joe's furnace was flinging a path of fire across the road.
To return, we had miscalculated a little, and the sun was well down before we dropped anchor off the Point, and heard the gun which told the good folks of Durban that the English Mail was in.
She hit off the points she remembered as fast as she could, but she was too indignant to stop to analyse her feelings.
I lay back against the cushions, puffing at my cigar, while Holmes, leaning forward, with his long, thin forefinger checking off the points upon the palm of his left hand, gave me a sketch of the events which had led to our journey.
Bekeshev agreed to strike off the point about selling the channel from the bill.
As for the rest of Mr Thompson's letter, it was off the point, cringe worthy nonsense and not worthy of consideration.
Apparently, a considerable amount of thought had gone into the design and approval of the logos, although to me the logo for Ultrium, in particular, seemed to be somewhat off the point. The Ultrium logo includes what might be interpreted as a piece of tape twisting below the word "Ultrium." If Ultrium media were to twist like the tape in its logo, the drive wouldn't work.
Instead they regale us with tales of the formative experiences of Margaret Thatcher and Deng Xiaoping -- interesting (the photo of young Margaret playing the piano is almost worth the price of the book), but off the point. Indeed, one might wonder why a book that is in large part a celebration of the triumph of the private sector over the state mainly seems to tell us about the lives and deeds of -- guess who?
One is never entirely certain whether an omission or an inclusion is on or off the point. During "Shakespeare's day," almost no Shakespeare?
``I've wandered off the point while wandering off the point while talking about wandering off the point,''Noble told the audience at one stage.