I was watching a youtube video of someone playing a video game called Splinter Cell and saw this piece of dialogue.

"Hmm...work permits, architectural plans...interesting...Zherkezhi has a hardened panic room off of his bedroom."

"off" (adv)

a. At a certain distance in space or time: a mile off; a week off.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language)

"off" (prep)

  1. located apart from: a village off the main road. (Random House Kernerman Webster's College Dictionary)

Does it mean it's not in his bedroom but somewhere near it?

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    Yes, it means located apart from but next to.
    – Lambie
    Nov 10, 2022 at 19:44

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Used in that way it means that the room adjoins the bedroom. You would need to enter the bedroom to reach it.

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    I think a number of pedants might suggest that 'off of' is wrong, and should be 'off'. I stopped being one of those when I found 'off of' in Pepys' diary. Nov 10, 2022 at 20:19
  • @MichaelHarvey OED sense 13 of off deals with instances where it is followed by a preposition, and 13b deals specifically with "off of". The heading states: Followed by of. In later use colloquial (nonstandard) and regional. Examples date from the 15C. Only 3 relate to post-WW2. This is one of them: F. Norman Guntz i. 15 I got hold of this very very old typewriter off of a friend of mine.. Clearly this is colloquial - you and I have heard people say that - but it is not something you will any longer find in the Times or the New Statesman,
    – WS2
    Nov 10, 2022 at 22:39
  • See this question. Nov 11, 2022 at 9:01

Merriam-Webster says "off of" is a two-word preposition that means "off".

In this context, it has this definition of "off"

1 a —used as a function word to indicate physical separation or distance from a position of rest, attachment, or union
// a path off the main walk

So it means the panic room is directly connected to his bedroom.

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