start off

verb (adverb)
  1. (intr) to set out on a journey
  2. to be or make the first step in an activity; initiatehe started the show off with a lively song
  3. (tr) to cause (a person) to act or do something, such as to laugh, to tell stories, etc
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Examples from the Web for start off

Historical Examples of start off

  • “Still it does look a bit stiff for a start-off,” he admitted.

    Out of the Depths

    Robert Ames Bennet

  • These were for use only when an emergency made it necessary to take a start-off from land.

    White Fire

    Roy J. Snell

  • What she says goes and y'u want to get that into yere system from the start-off.

  • "That's why you wasn't put in at the start-off," he declared.

    Frank Merriwell at Yale

    Burt L. Standish

  • In winter this is dangerous, and at all times it frets the horses to slide out of the stable at the start-off.

    Riding and Driving

    Edward L. Anderson

Idioms and Phrases with start off

start off


Set out on a trip, as in We plan to start off in the morning. [Early 1800s] Also see start out.


start someone off. Cause someone to set out or to begin something, as in Mother packed their lunches and started them off, or Paul started them off on their multiplication tables. [Early 1700s] For start off on the right foot, see get off on the right foot.

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