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offhand

adjective uk   /ˌɒfˈhænd/ us    /ˌɑːf-/ (UK informal offish)
not friendly, and showing little interest in other people in a way that seems slightly rude: I hope I didn't appear offhand with her - it's just that I was in such a hurry.
offhandedly
adverb uk   /-ˈhæn.dɪd.li/ us  
offhandedness
noun [U] uk   /-ˈhæn.dɪd.nəs/ us  

offhand

adverb uk   /ˌɒfˈhænd/ us    /ˌɑːf-/
without looking for information and without thinking carefully; immediately: I can't quote the exact statistics for you offhand, but they're there for you to see in the report.
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