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 After Gilvin missed a free throw with 2.5 seconds left, Marshall County couldn’t get off a final shot. Jason Frakes, The Courier-Journal, "Sacred Heart beats Marshall County to win KHSAA Girls Sweet 16 basketball championship," 11 Apr. 2021 Both missed their first three 3-point tries, and Vucevic couldn’t get off a fourth before Sabonis sank the winner. Roy Parry,, "Magic center Nikola Vucevic appreciates greatness of his NBA All-Star peers," 8 Mar. 2021 Why do the world's two richest men want to get off the planet so badly? Kara Swisher New York Times, Star Tribune, "Why are Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos so interested in space?," 2 Mar. 2021 The defense couldn't get off the field and the offense couldn't stay on it. Rod Walker,, "Walker: Saints might have Super Bowl hopes, but Chiefs showed just how high the bar is," 20 Dec. 2020 On the defensive line, returning nose tackle Brandon Williams and end Calais Campbell didn’t have that pop and couldn’t get off blocks, which is why the Cowboys rushed for 111 yards on 28 carries. Mike Preston,, "Mike Preston: These Ravens aren’t dominant, but it doesn’t matter as long as they keep winning | COMMENTARY," 9 Dec. 2020 The Bruins, who rallied from a 14-point deficit to beat Michigan State in overtime in a play-in game, had to get off the mat on Sunday, too, after Alex Reese’s long 3-pointer just before the buzzer sent the game into overtime. New York Times, "Meet the New U.C.L.A.: Plucky Underdog," 29 Mar. 2021 Weather Today will get off to a blustery start, with steady winds around 28-33 mph and gusts near 60 mph. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland, "Ohio plans to move vaccine supplies based on demand: The Wake Up for Friday, March 26, 2021," 26 Mar. 2021 Thursday will get off to a cloudy and mild start in Connecticut along with some areas of fog., "Clearing skies, temps unseasonably mild," 24 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of get off

1601, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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14 Apr 2021

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“Get off.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Apr. 2021.

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