What does go off on a tangent mean?

The meaning of "go off on a tangent" is:

(verb) to start talking about an unrelated topic

Example Sentences:

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

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

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

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