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Words nearby go off
Example sentences from the Web for go off
Then they tried it on the high bars, and the new man stuck right at the go-off.Careers of Danger and Daring|Cleveland Moffett
Terry hates 'em like poison, and would never forgive her if she didn't worship motoring at the first go-off.My Friend the Chauffeur|C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
Well, one gentleman isn't bound to fly into the arms of another gentleman first go-off.A Witch of the Hills, v. 1-2|Florence Warden
At the first go-off I made for the lodgings I had parted from so unceremoniously on the morning of that noisy glass coach.The Shoes of Fortune|Neil Munro
Such would probably be his first go-off; and the next impulse would be to run, shout, cry fire!
Idioms and Phrases with go off
Explode, detonate; also, make noise, sound, especially abruptly. For example, I heard the gun go off, or The sirens went off at noon. This expression developed in the late 1500s and gave rise about 1700 to the related go off half-cocked, now meaning “to act prematurely” but originally referring to the slipping of a gun's hammer so that the gun fires (goes off) unexpectedly.
Leave, depart, especially suddenly, as in Don't go off mad, or They went off without saying goodbye. [c. 1600]
Keep to the expected plan or course of events, succeed, as in The project went off smoothly. [Second half of 1700s]
Deteriorate in quality, as in This milk seems to have gone off. [Late 1600s]
Die. Shakespeare used this sense in Macbeth (5:9): “I would the friends we missed were safely arrived.—Some must go off.”
Experience orgasm. D.H. Lawrence used this slangy sense in Lady Chatterley's Lover (1928): “You couldn't go off at the same time....” This usage is probably rare today. Also see get off, def. 8.
go off on a tangent. See under on a tangent.
go off one's head. See off one's head. Also see subsequent idioms beginning with go off.