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

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 Understands how to get off the ball, understands how to rest in the game. Duane Rankin, The Arizona Republic, 10 May 2022 Many small businesses fail, while others can take years to get off the ground and start turning a profit. Molly Baker, WSJ, 1 May 2022 If the Jets are ever going to get off the tarmac, Douglas' past two drafts will almost certainly be the primary reasons why. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, 1 May 2022 People tend to sell themselves cheap in order to get off the ground. Patrick St. Michel, Billboard, 29 Apr. 2022 But this week, the streaming giant will give comedy nerds at least one reason to get off the couch. NBC News, 25 Apr. 2022 Competition from other streaming services like Hulu and Disney+ is heating up, and as the world returns to normal, people are eager to get off the couch and start living again. Molly Smith,, 20 Apr. 2022 Yet the industry has lagged behind other modes of transport in pivoting from fossil fuels, in large part because green alternatives have been too heavy to get off the ground. Tim Dickinson, Rolling Stone, 19 Apr. 2022 If Donald Trump’s new social media platform Truth Social, which has struggled to get off the ground, is any guide, internet users aren’t necessarily clamoring for a new platform that claims to be a free speech alternative to the Big Tech companies. Clare Duffy, CNN, 15 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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get off one's ass

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Last Updated

20 May 2022

Cite this Entry

“Get off.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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