"off the chain"
mlee303 at YAHOO.COM
Thu Nov 18 11:08:30 UTC 1999
"Off the chain" like its recent predecessors, "off the
hook" and "da bomb," is an African American innovation
meaning great, fantastic, wonderful, extremely
--- Becca Greenhill <LilacRaven at AOL.COM> wrote:
> Recently, I was told that I was "off the chain." I
> believe it was a
> compliment. Can anyone help me understand the
> meaning/origin of this phrase?
> I wonder if the meaning is something close to that
> of "off the wall." In
> that case, maybe it wasn't a compliment. Any
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