get 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

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This year, hiring of teenagers got off to a strong start in May, although the pace slowed slightly in June compared with last year. Ann Carrns, New York Times, "The Virtues of a Summer Job," 13 July 2018 The follow-up talks got off to a rocky start, with the North accusing the United States of making unilateral demands, though Pompeo called the talks in Pyongyang last week productive. Washington Post, "SKorea suspends civilian drills to help talks with NKorea," 10 July 2018 The afternoon hearing, presided over by U.S. Magistrate Judge Jill Burkhardt, got off to a late start. Kristina Davis,, "San Diego federal court begins fast-tracking border-crossing cases. Critics call it 'assembly line justice'," 10 July 2018 Brown got off to a strong start, scoring seven points on 3 of 4 shooting in the first quarter in an effort to turn the page from a rough finish to Milwaukee's last game. Matt Velazquez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Sterling Brown scores 27 points but Bucks fall to Nuggets," 9 July 2018 The afternoon hearing, presided over by U.S. Magistrate Judge Jill Burkhardt, got off to a late start. Kristina Davis,, "Fast-track misdemeanor immigration court rolls out with confusion, tension," 9 July 2018 John Beilein's 2019 recruiting class got off to a hot start in May when 4-star wing Jalen Wilson committed to Michigan. Nick Baumgardner, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan basketball a finalist for 5-star point guard D.J. Carton," 8 July 2018 Singer’s 2018 season actually got off to a difficult start. Bob Brookover,, "South Jersey native Jeff Singer working his way toward Phillies," 5 July 2018 The 2017 second-round pick got off to an impressive start but suffered an anterior cruciate ligament tear and missed the final 12 games of the season. Mike Jones, USA TODAY, "Vikings training camp questions: Is Kirk Cousins last piece in Super Bowl puzzle?," 2 July 2018

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First Known Use of get off

1601, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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3 Sep 2018

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