get off


got off; got off or gotten off; getting off; gets off

intransitive verb

: to avoid the most serious consequences of a dangerous situation or punishment
got off with a light sentence
: start, leave
got off on the trip early
: to leave work with permission or as scheduled
: to get high on a drug
: to experience orgasm
: to experience great pleasure
often used with on

transitive verb

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

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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Word History

First Known Use

1601, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of get off was in 1601

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Cite this Entry

“Get off.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

get off

: set out sense 2
got off on their camping trip
: to escape or help to escape punishment or harm

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