tee off

verb

teed off; teeing off; tees off

intransitive verb

1
: to drive from a tee
2
3
: to hit hard
4
: to make an angry denunciation
often used with on

Examples of tee off in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Masters, the first major of the season that tees off next month, offers automatic invites to any player who ranked inside the world’s top-50 in the previous calendar year or in the week prior to the tournament. Jack Bantock, CNN, 7 Mar. 2024 Prior to teeing off on the 10th hole during the final round of the 2024 Genesis Invitational at Riviera Country Club, Max Homa took a quick detour. Michael Loré, Forbes, 20 Feb. 2024 Every golfer will tee off at the same point for the first four par-3 holes, while the remaining eight will vary in terms of tee box and yardage for the men and women. Jack Bantock, CNN, 26 Feb. 2024 The Florida Swing tees off the March PGA Tour schedule with the Cognizant Classic in the Palm Beaches. Jay Ginsbach, Forbes, 26 Feb. 2024 Golfers, meanwhile, can tee off at one of the country’s first courses before retreating to their lavish room or suite, which features a private balcony for taking in the serene surroundings. Lauren Dana Ellman, Travel + Leisure, 18 Jan. 2024 Charlie and Tiger will face Justin Thomas and his father Mike in the first two rounds of the tournament, teeing off at 8:22 a.m. on Saturday in Orlando, Florida. Natasha Dye, Peoplemag, 15 Dec. 2023 The second annual Sports Illustrated Invitational will tee off in Feb. 8 at TPC Las Vegas. Todd Spangler, Variety, 26 Jan. 2024 The event tees off on Thursday, June 15 at 10 a.m. PT/1 p.m. ET with a live broadcast on USA Network and NBC, or streaming on Peacock. oregonlive, 15 June 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1895, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of tee off was in 1895

Cite this Entry

“Tee off.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tee%20off. Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

tee off

verb
1
: to hit a golf ball from a tee in starting play on a hole
2

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