get off

verb

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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Houska believes that the U.S. is actively seeking to criminalize people for getting off the grid and moving to renewable energy. Sarah Hurtes, Harper's BAZAAR, "Women Who Risk Everything to Defend the Environment," 30 Nov. 2018 The driver responsible for leaving an unattended rental car near a terminal at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport on Sunday morning – and throwing Terminal 4 into chaos as a result – is getting off with just a ticket and a towing fee. Alexandra Deabler, Fox News, "Bomb scare at Phoenix airport caused by unattended car; driver only getting $52 parking ticket," 18 Sep. 2018 But the children of Cline’s patients say the doctor is getting off easy. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Fertility doc inseminated dozens of women with own sperm, DNA sites find," 31 Aug. 2018 Zac Efron and his brother Dylan are getting off the grid and heading out on an adventure. Dana Rose Falcone, PEOPLE.com, "Who Is Zac Efron's Brother? All About His Hot Younger Sibling Dylan," 27 June 2018 Lea Michele giddily announced her engagement to boyfriend Zandy Reich on social media this spring, but the wedding planning is getting off to a slow start. Théoden Janes, charlotteobserver, "Lea Michele, freshly engaged, opens up about the other main man in her life right now," 18 June 2018 But NeoCity, a 500-acre tech research park close by, is just getting off the ground. Adelaide Chen, OrlandoSentinel.com, "St. Cloud leads local cities in percentage growth, new census data says," 24 May 2018 Tip-off was scheduled for 6 p.m. ET, which is around the time people are getting off work. Alysha Tsuji, For The Win, "Raptors tried to help fans get out of work to see their early Game 2 vs. Cavs," 3 May 2018 Just mentally getting off the mound, running hard, stopping, turning around and throwing the ball to first. Eduardo A. Encina, baltimoresun.com, "Orioles notes: Britton throws off mound for first time; Trumbo making strides," 20 Apr. 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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