I was told today that there is an expression like 'on the offset'. I have never heard of it, but since I am not a native speaker I wanted to check if this is a correct expression. I think this person might have confused it with 'on the opposite'. I looked it up but then I cannot find the definition for this phrase. Can anyone help me with it?

edit: the example I was given was like "On the offset, I like milk but it hurts my stomach" or something like this. Unfortunately I do not remember the exact sentence but what I know for sure is the opposite effects came after the cause of it. I am seriously considering that this was my teacher's mistake and she probably misheard "on the opposite", but could not really ask her back. :(

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    What was the context in which you heard this expression? Commented Jun 11 at 14:42
  • What do you think it means? There are Google hits with various contexts and meanings, but there are Google hits for many combinations of words. Just because a phrase exists doesn't mean you should use it.
    – Stuart F
    Commented Jun 11 at 14:55
  • I'm honestly surprised by how unhelpful Google is on this one, but it does turn up this, which is a pointer in the right direction. It seems there's debate over whether this use of "offset" is a mistake or not. Commented Jun 11 at 15:00
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    I hear on the off chance = in the remote case. Commented Jun 11 at 15:21
  • 2
    Perhaps you misremember "from the outset..." Commented Jun 11 at 18:50


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