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or lift-off

[lift-awf, -of]
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  1. Aeronautics, Rocketry.
    1. the action of an aircraft in becoming airborne or of a rocket in rising from its launching site under its own power.
    2. the instant when such action occurs.
  2. Informal. the launching or commencement of a project, plan, etc.: The liftoff of the sales campaign will be next month.
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  1. that removes by lifting off; capable of being lifted off: a liftoff correction tape for typewriters; magnetized, liftoff nameplates.
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Origin of liftoff

First recorded in 1955–60; noun, adj. use of verb phrase lift off
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Related Words for lift off

escalate, climb, soar, blow, depart, withdraw, go, disappear, fly, rise, sprout, mount, float, scale, arise, tower, ascend, bear, begone, decamp

British Dictionary definitions for lift off


  1. the initial movement or ascent of a rocket from its launch pad
  2. the instant at which this occurs
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verb lift off
  1. (intr, adverb) (of a rocket) to leave its launch pad
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Word Origin and History for lift off



also lift-off, "vertical take-off of a rocket, etc.," 1956, American English, from lift (v.) + off.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with lift off

lift off

Begin flight, as in The spacecraft was due to lift off at ten o'clock. The off in this idiom means “off the ground.” [Late 1800s]

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