Which part gets a higher stress? The off, or the it?

Come OFF it!

Come off IT!

Or the three words are equally stressed?


Is there a fixed intonation pattern for exclamations, especially three-word ones like this and lay off it?

  • "Come off it!"
    – Robusto
    Jan 28 '17 at 1:54
  • It could be either CO-O-ME off it! or Come OFF it!. The first intonation could reflect good-natured ribbing between friends (you're full of hot air!), and the second could be impatience or being annoyed (enough already!). Jan 28 '17 at 22:54

It depends. As with most expressions you can vary which of the words you stress to emphasize which part is most important in the current context.

That being said, I practiced a few times and, by default, you would stress the "off",

"Come OFF it."

  • I can't think of any circumstance under which Come off IT! would sound natural.
    – verbose
    Jan 28 '17 at 2:40

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