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English definition of “go off at/on a tangent”

go off at/on a tangent

to suddenly start talking about a different subject Digressing and being indirect or evasiveMoving in order to avoid contactNot saying much
(Definition of go off at/on a tangent from the Cambridge Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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