get off

verb
|Updated on: 9 Jul 2018

Definition of get off

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
1 : to secure the release of or procure a modified penalty for
  • his lawyers got him off
2 a : utter
  • get off a joke
b : to write and send
3 : to succeed in doing, making, or delivering
4 : to cause to get off

Examples of get off in a Sentence

  1. told him to get off for home before it got dark

  2. breakfast helps you get off to a good start in the morning

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First Known Use of get off

1601

in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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