get off


Definition of get off 

intransitive verb

1 : to avoid the most serious consequences of a dangerous situation or punishment got off with a light sentence

2 : start, leave got off on the trip early

3 : to leave work with permission or as scheduled

4 : to get high on a drug

5 : to experience orgasm

6 : to experience great pleasure often used with on

transitive verb

1 : to secure the release of or procure a modified penalty for his lawyers got him off

2a : utter get off a joke

b : to write and send

3 : to succeed in doing, making, or delivering

4 : to cause to get off

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Examples of get off in a Sentence

told him to get off for home before it got dark breakfast helps you get off to a good start in the morning

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This alone should be enough for any of us to get off our asses and vote. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "These Fashion Labels Made Voting Merch and Now They’re Sharing Why They’re Headed to the Polls Tomorrow," 5 Nov. 2018 Street said his fellow Republicans calling for Brown to get off the ballot are being ridiculous. Chris Brennan,, "Nancy Pelosi pals around with convicted tax dodger at Dems fundraiser in Philly," 13 July 2018 The hosts only afforded Ottawa one shot before the break -- none on target -- while getting off several of their own and holding more possession. Kevin Johnston, Indianapolis Star, "Motivated Indy Eleven fall short in 2nd game of homestand," 4 July 2018 As the driver gets off and opens the doors to release the passengers, Lokey walks out to greet them. Rafael Carranza, azcentral, "Respite centers for migrants preparing for possibility of indefinite detention," 2 July 2018 If Trump and Kim got off on the right foot, so much the better for the chances of success going forward. Jonah Shepp, Daily Intelligencer, "The Trump-Kim Summit Was a Great Photo Op, And Maybe Nothing More," 12 June 2018 Beyond the two homers, Kratz has six hits in 12 at-bats, getting off to a strong start at the plate. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Catcher Erik Kratz has made impact, offensively and defensively, since joining Brewers," 4 June 2018 According to a preliminary police report, one of the juveniles stood in front of the man, stopping him, while the other got on the bike from behind and demanded the man get off. Marie Simoneaux,, "2 juveniles accused of trying to rob man of his bike in St. Roch: NOPD," 31 May 2018 Hill went 6-0 over the first half of the season, getting off to the best start since Stephen Strasburg in 2009. Kirk Kenney,, "SDSU headed to Corvallis Regional for NCAA Tournament; Aztecs play LSU in Friday's opener," 28 May 2018

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First Known Use of get off

1601, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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The first known use of get off was in 1601

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to clear from alleged fault or guilt

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