start off

phrasal verb

Definition of start off

1 : to start or cause (something) to start in a specified way He started off by introducing himself. She started off (her run) at a slow jog. The performance started off badly. often + with I started off my speech with a joke.We started off the meal with shrimp cocktails.The team started the season off with a 10-game winning streak.
2 : to have a specified quality, identity, job, etc., at the start She started off as a sales assistant but is now the marketing director.
3 : to begin an important period in one's life or career The house is perfect for a couple just starting off.
4 : to begin to move toward a particular place or in a particular direction She ate breakfast before starting off for work.
5 : to cause (someone) to begin doing a particular activity or action He started his daughter off on the piano. The game-show host started her off with some easy questions.

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a servile follower or underling

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