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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The Hiller Aviation Museum in Silicon Valley displays several flying cars that just didn't get off the ground. CBS News, ""From impossible to inevitable": Developers give first look at new flying car," 12 July 2018 The plan never got off the ground, and the site remained dormant through the recession. Deborah Sullivan Brennan,, "Could San Marcos become a center of film production for San Diego?," 30 June 2018 But whether the taco mile ever gets off the ground, there’s no doubt this time of year that the Colonial Road Runners are out there hitting the ground running, day after day. Joe Rice,, "A runners’ club for one and all," 13 July 2018 Maya Restaurant had difficulties getting off the ground, including having to jettison a pair of $30,000 smokers when the ventilation system didn't meet city code, Miguel said. Benjy Egel, sacbee, "Taqueria Maya owners open Mexican restaurant with a millennial twist in railyard," 12 July 2018 Georgeff, a part owner of Paint Doctors and an insurance salesman, and Otto, an engineer, are keeping their day jobs while the brewery gets off the ground. Kathy Flanigan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Rebellion Brewing opens its doors in Cedarburg, in the former Silver Creek Brewing space," 10 July 2018 Until the network gets off the ground, immigrant families can reach out for help at Justin Reutter,, "Local immigrant resources rise as immigration rhetoric heats up," 5 July 2018 Ever wonder how those massive fireworks spectacles get off the ground? Alex Davies, WIRED, "The Delightfully Nonsensical Slingshot Might Just Be the Future of Driving," 4 July 2018 Ruth and Debbie will also be fighting to have each of their voices heard once GLOW the series gets off the ground. Jackie Strause, The Hollywood Reporter, "'GLOW' to Tackle Harassment, Sexuality and "Ugly Side" of TV in Season 2," 27 June 2018

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First Known Use of get off

1601, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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