jump-off

[ juhmp-awf, -of ]
/ ˈdʒʌmpˌɔf, -ˌɒf /

noun

a place for jumping off.
a point of departure, as of a race or a military attack.
the start of such a departure.
a supplementary contest among horses tied for first place in a jumping contest.

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Origin of jump-off

An Americanism dating back to 1870–75; noun use of verb phrase
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Example sentences from the Web for jump-off

  • These two were outliers to the rest, beating the bushes beyond the Jump-off incessantly.

  • “Some jump-off,” observed Bunker, but Big Boy did not hear him–he was looking up at the sun.

    Silver and Gold|Dane Coolidge

British Dictionary definitions for jump-off

jump-off

noun

an extra round in a showjumping contest when two or more horses are equal first, the fastest round deciding the winner

verb jump off

(intr, adverb) to begin or engage in a jump-off
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