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) to set out on a journey
to be or make the first step in an activity; initiate:
he started the show off with a lively song
) to cause (a person) to act or do something, such as to laugh, to tell stories, etc
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Set out on a trip, as in
We plan to start off in the morning
start someone off
. Cause someone to set out or to begin something, as in
Mother packed their lunches and started them off
Paul started them off on their multiplication tables
start off on the right foot
get off on the right foot
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