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
Recent Examples on the Web The visit in 2017 by Erdogan and his foreign minister got off to a difficult start as soon as the Turkish delegation arrived in Maryland on May 15. Peter Hermann, Washington Post, "District braces for planned visit by Turkish President Erdogan," 8 Nov. 2019 The Conservatives’ campaign got off to a bad start, with the resignation of a cabinet minister. The Economist, "Politics this week," 7 Nov. 2019 The Prairie Middle School student got off a bus on Oct. 11, 2018, and was walking home when Tyler Mark Christensen, 33, grabbed her and covered her mouth to prevent her scream. Tom Mcghee, The Denver Post, "Sex offender who tried to grab child off street in Aurora gets 25 years," 6 Nov. 2019 Reagan got off to a rough start last year in an 11-20 season. David Hinojosa,, "Girls basketball preview: Judson attempts to repeat and other storylines to follow this season," 6 Nov. 2019 With a chance to crack the .500 mark for the first time since the 2017-18 season, the Cavs got off to the quick start Beilein wanted, outscoring the Pacers 26-17 in the first. Chris Fedor, cleveland, "Cleveland Cavaliers’ chance to crack .500 mark undone by disastrous second quarter in 102-95 loss to Pacers: Chris Fedor’s instant analysis," 2 Nov. 2019 Bournemouth got off to a perfect start in their first ever Premier League game against the Red Devils, winning 2-1 in December 2015., "Bournemouth vs Man Utd: 7 Key Facts & Stats to Impress Your Mates Ahead of Premier League Clash," 2 Nov. 2019 Facing the team picked to finish third in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Association this season, UW got off to a sluggish start because of missed three-pointers and poor free-throw shooting. Jeff Potrykus, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Do Moore, Be Moore, 4 Moore: UW players remind their fans they're thinking of assistant coach," 1 Nov. 2019 So in the grand scheme of things, Trump got off easy. Nancy Armour, USA TODAY, "Opinion: President Trump not alone in getting booed at a sporting event," 28 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of get off

1601, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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12 Nov 2019

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The first known use of get off was in 1601

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