What does fly off on a tangent mean?

What is the definition of fly off on a tangent?

"fly off on a tangent" means:

(verb) to start talking about an unrelated topic

Example Sentences:

The students complained about the professor, because he always flies off on a tangent and starts talking about unrelated things.

While arguing about whose turn it was to do the dishes, Shannon flew off on a tangent and started discussing the laundry.

You are always flying off on a tangent when we’re speaking! Stick to the topic!

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