: the start of a race or an attack
: a jumping competition to break a tie at the end of regular competition (as in a horse show)

Examples of jump-off in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Director Howard, sort of using a script credited to Jeffrey Price and Peter S. Seaman (both of Who Framed Roger Rabbit fame) as his frequent jump-off point, gooses the material with odd asides. Michael Rechtshaffen, The Hollywood Reporter, 16 Nov. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1917, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of jump-off was in 1917

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“Jump-off.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jump-off. Accessed 1 Dec. 2023.

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