get off

got off; got off or gotten off; getting off; gets 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
Recent Examples on the Web San Antonio businessman Rick Perez was awarded the franchise but the tournament never got off the ground in 2017. John Whisler,, "Golden Gloves back for encore after two-year layoff," 13 Feb. 2020 The company was competing with computer giant IBM, which played a large role in popularizing the personal computer as Teradata was just getting off the ground. Katelyn Reinhart, azcentral, "Computer innovator Jack Shemer's life to be celebrated at Shemer Art Center," 28 Jan. 2020 The Celtics can keep talking about improving, getting off to better starts, being more cohesive defensively and consistently matching their opponent’s intensity. Gary Washburn,, "To stop their slippage, the Celtics need to act upon — and not just talk about — improvement," 19 Jan. 2020 The plane with 98 people on board apparently struggled to get off the ground, with its tail striking the runway twice during takeoff., "News of the Day From Around the World," 28 Dec. 2019 The Hawks repeatedly allowed the Avalanche to enter the slot alone and get off uncontested shots on Lehner, whose save percentage fell from .938 to .929 after his worst outing of the season. Jimmy Greenfield,, "Patrick Kane’s point streak hits 15 games, but the Avalanche clobber the Blackhawks for the 2nd straight day with a 7-3 victory," 30 Nov. 2019 Jacksonville settled for a field-goal attempt that didn't get off the ground because of a high snap. Eddie Pells,, "Jaguars struggle through loss to Texans in London," 3 Nov. 2019 THE TAKEAWAY Colorado: The Buffaloes lost their third straight and could not get off the field on third downs, continuing a season-long issue. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Gordon, Borghi lead Washington State past Colorado 41-10," 19 Oct. 2019 As already mentioned, Rashford had a particularly woeful afternoon, but the rest of the side shouldn't get off lightly either., "Manchester United Month in Review: September - Best Player, Worst Performance & Overall Rating," 2 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of get off

1601, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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“Get off.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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