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

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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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But this thing has gotten off to pretty much as disastrous a start as anyone could have imagined. Mike Jones, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Steelers' Mike Tomlin faces ultimate test after Ben Roethlisberger's injury," 16 Sep. 2019 Sunday's game between the Colts and Titans got off to a fiery start at Nissan Stadium after a piece of pyro equipment burst into flames. Alaa Abdeldaiem,, "Fire Breaks Out Before Colts-Titans Game After Pyrotechnic Equipment Malfunctions," 15 Sep. 2019 The 1991 Patriots got off to an 0-5 start and finished 1-9 … 31, total first downs recorded by Florence’s offense. Reports, al, "Dee Beckwith scores 4 TDs as Florence runs past Bob Jones," 14 Sep. 2019 The reigning Heisman Trophy winner got off to a rough start in Arizona’s season-opening tie with the Detroit Lions, but rallied the Cardinals to score 18 points in the fourth quarter. Childs Walker,, "Scouting report for Sunday’s Ravens-Cardinals game," 12 Sep. 2019 And on Monday, a hearing got off to a rocky start when Zhang arrived at court wearing jail attire instead of civilian clothing, telling Altman that she was not provided any underwear. NBC News, "Chinese businesswoman found guilty of lying to gain access to Trump's Mar-a-Lago," 11 Sep. 2019 Last season's Fiesta Bowl MVP got off to another hot start by completing 23 of 27 passes for 278 yards and five touchdowns against Georgia Southern. ... Nick Moyle, Houston Chronicle, "College football preview: LSU at Texas," 6 Sep. 2019 The CdM offense, which returns 10 starters this season, got off to a red-hot start. Matt Szabo, Daily Pilot, "High School Football Player of the Week: CdM’s Ethan Garbers started with record-breaking night," 29 Aug. 2019 Osaka got off to a slow start, trailing by an early break in the opening set. Jill Martin, CNN, "After an uneven start, Naomi Osaka starts US Open title defense with win over Anna Blinkova," 27 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of get off

1601, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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