Offhand means without prior thought or preparation; casual or spontaneous.
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Rodríguez’s offhand charisma turns Will – originally created by novelist Karin Slaughter for a series of her bestsellers – into a character where the lack of a defining characteristic is a plus. He’s quirky as hell but not in a way that stops him being a relatable human, as evidenced by his second believable relationship with a woman: Angie Polaski (Erika Christensen), a fellow survivor of children’s homes and a recovering addict who enjoys going undercover with drug dealers a little too much.
And then she felt out of touch for having Googled. And then she made an offhand joke to her wife about officially being an auntie. And then it hit her: “OMG, AM I ACTUALLY NOW AN AUNTIE?”.
I will say that for me — there are very few actual villainous people. There are people who make decisions that feel villainous, who do terrible things to people. But I don't know if there's a person who's all the way bad. Like, we can name a few offhand , but I think most of us are somewhere in the gray. And so I like that the binary is always complicated for me when it comes to writing the hero in the villain story.
He’s energetic, and during his monologues clearly enjoying himself. His delivery is skilful, especially when dismissing Democratic pieties with offhand understatement. He has a keen eye for small stories that tell big stories.
The sense that shoppers were among fashion icons — fulfilling a fantasy of running amok in their closets — permeated. One shopper bought a white vest and matching trousers because Sevigny mentioned offhand that she’d worn it to dinner with Nicolas.