get off

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v get off escape potentially unpleasant consequences; get away with a forbidden action "She gets away with murder!","I couldn't get out from under these responsibilities"
    • v get off cause to be acquitted; get off the hook; in a legal case "The lawyer got him off, even though there was no doubt in everybody's mind that he killed his wife"
    • v get off deliver verbally "He got off the best line I've heard in a long time"
    • v get off transfer "The spy sent the classified information off to Russia"
    • v get off get high, stoned, or drugged "He trips every weekend"
    • v get off send via the postal service "I'll mail you the check tomorrow"
    • v get off get out of quickly "The officer hopped out when he spotted an illegally parked car"
    • v get off alight from (a horse)
    • v get off leave a vehicle, aircraft, etc.
    • v get off enjoy in a sexual way "He gets off on shoes"
    • v get off be relieved of one's duties temporarily
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: It is possible to get high by licking a toad. The Cane Toad produces a toxin called bufotenine to ward off predators. When licked, this toxin acts as a hallucinogen
    • Get off to escape
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Quotations

  • Joan Manley
    Joan Manley
    “Sometimes you wonder how you got on this mountain. But sometimes you wonder, How will I get off?”
  • Will Rogers
    Will%20Rogers
    “There is nothing so stupid as an educated man, if you get him off the thing he was educated in.”
  • Wendell Parsons
    Wendell Parsons
    “You can get something done in a short time with fear, but in the long run it just doesn't pay off.”
  • Henry David Thoreau
    Henry%20David%20Thoreau
    “The man who goes alone can start today; but he who travels with another must wait till that other is ready, and it may be a long time before they get off.”
  • Margaret Thatcher
    Margaret%20Thatcher
    “I've got a woman's ability to stick to a job and get on with it when everyone else walks off and leaves it.”
  • Sir Arnold Lunn
    Sir Arnold Lunn
    “Preaching is heady wine. It is pleasant to tell people where they get off.”

Idioms

Get it off your chest - If you get something off your chest, you confess to something that has been troubling you.
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Get off the ground - If a project or plan gets off the ground, it starts to be put into operation.
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Get the monkey off your back - If you get the monkey off your back, you pass on a problem to someone else.
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. gitan, to get.

Usage

In literature:

I am up at half-past five every morning and seldom get off duty before nine at night.
"'My Beloved Poilus'" by Anonymous
If you don't get out and rustle money you might as well get off the earth.
"Still Jim" by Honoré Willsie Morrow
When could we get off, then?
"Cricket at the Seashore" by Elizabeth Westyn Timlow
Don't mention it, and you may like to get off that rhyme into another.
"The Fifth Form at Saint Dominic's" by Talbot Baines Reed
Explanations were reserved for next day, and they did not get off scot free by any means.
"A harum-scarum schoolgirl" by Angela Brazil
They all say they wish to goodness we could have half an hour at noon and get off half an hour earlier at night.
"Working With the Working Woman" by Cornelia Stratton Parker
Joe had been digging further into the crates, and afterward he'd washed up, but packing grease is hard to get off.
"Space Platform" by Murray Leinster
I don't want to get to Pocono after dark, and it looks as if we might get caught in a snow storm, but it may hold off.
"The Curlytops and Their Playmates" by Howard R. Garis
I dodged round till one day I had to get off to mill.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States from Interviews with Former Slaves, Arkansas Narratives, Part 4" by Work Projects Administration
Getting on this plank some of them howled in agony and beseeched me to get off.
"The Incomparable 29th and the "River Clyde"" by George Davidson
If the day were fair he'd get off his horse, tether it to a tree and climb high on the ridge.
"Blue Ridge Country" by Jean Thomas
We have had a very wearing day, beginning so early as we did with the packing and getting off.
"The Peril Finders" by George Manville Fenn
I'd like to get off in the morning, if possible.
"The Rogue Elephant" by Elliott Whitney
But I was wondering whether I could get off at the next place and get a train back to Omaha.
"A Collection of Stories, Reviews and Essays" by Willa Cather
I tried to get hold of him tighter but he kicked me off and said if I did that we'd both go down.
"Dorothy's Travels" by Evelyn Raymond
He was no longer afraid that the quagga, blinded as he now was, would make any attempt to get off; nor did he.
"Popular Adventure Tales" by Mayne Reid
You're getting off easy.
"The Woman from Outside" by Hulbert Footner
Or can you get off on Tuesday?
"Eve to the Rescue" by Ethel Hueston
It was the greatest favor his getting off just for those few hours.
"Dorothy's House Party" by Evelyn Raymond
If you lay a little thing like that up against me, where would the rest of the men get off?
"Nan of Music Mountain" by Frank H. Spearman
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In poetry:

read books
see my friends
get pissed-off
have a Pepsi disappear
"10 Things I Do Every Day" by Ted Berrigan
I like to get off with people,
I like to lie in their arms
I like to be held and lightly kissed,
Safe from all alarms.
"Conviction (IV)" by Stevie Smith
They marched him off i' famous glee,
All stickified an' clammy,
Then licked him clean an' sent him hooam
To get lick'd by his mammy.
"Th' Traitle Sop" by John Hartley
A'a! its grand to have th' place to yorsen!
To get th' wimmen fowk all aght o'th' way!
Mine's all off for a trip up to th' Glen,
An aw've th' haase to misen for a day.
"A Quiet Day" by John Hartley
We get it 'ot, we get it cold, we get it in between,
We get it thick, we get it thin, we get it fat an' lean;
We get it for our day-joo-nay, our tea and luncheon too,
An' when the long day's march is done we top it off with stew.
"Stew" by Cicely Fox Smith
Aw, I can stand their chuckin' off, I can.
It's 'ard; an' I'd delight to take 'em on.
The dawgs! But it gets that way wiv a man
When 'e's fair gone.
She'll sight no stoush; an' so I have to take
Their mag, an' do a duck fer her sweet sake.
"Doreen" by C J Dennis

In news:

Duo Chiddy Bang jump into a Ray Charles music video on Vevo, and they don't even have to get off the couch.
Florida Gators basketball faces tough test after getting off to hot start.
Mike Dirnt tells BBC radio he feared for his friend's life and had to "get off the road" to help his plight.
John's man behind one-man wrecking spree gets off charge because he was too drunk.
Regulations require airlines to inform passengers they can get off a plane every 30 minutes when a flight is delayed.
Niles' Jeremy Wortham, right, tries to get off a shot against Benton Harbor Friday night.
"He's getting off the bus here," trainer Bob Baffert said shortly after his speedy charge finished second in Saturday's Preakness.
Bruce Walker watched Saturday as Justin Britt writhed in pain, struggling to get off the ground.
INDIANAPOLIS — The Indianapolis Colts have surprised many fans and media around the NFL by getting off to a 4-3 start this season.
Black Friday getting off to an earlier start.
But you need to get off the beaten path for a true trail experience.
The two sets of defending champions didn't get off to great starts in the first round of the Franklin Templeton Shootout on Friday.
We pulled up beside her in the parking lot and started to get off the bike and she asked, 'Do you give rides.
As long as the world is coming to an end, there's a few things I need to get off my chest .
A Southwest Airlines passenger on a flight from Las Vegas to New York was told she had to get off the plane for inappropriate cleavage .
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In science:

Since the cut-off weights g(s) are weights of finite order s, we get for all ps > decayg,s and ts > t ∗s e(Q, Bg)2 = W(cid:16)N s (1− ps)(cid:17) .
Lower Error Bounds for Randomized Multilevel and Changing Dimension Algorithms
This particular parametrization of the classical fields is used as we want to get rid off the ambiguity in choosing the gauge for quantization completely.
The Yang-Mills theory as a massless limit of a massive nonabelian gauge model
The last section uses classical results on heavy-tailed random walk to get off-critical and critical exponents.
Percolations on random maps I: half-plane models
Demanding that the next-to-leading order contributions not dominate over the leading order ones, we get a rather low bound for the cut-off: Λ = O(1TeV).
Goldstone modes and the Higgs condensation beyond one loop
The way out from the trouble consists in getting rid off these longitudinal components by means of the Gauss law constraint.
Canonical Quantization of the Self-Dual Model coupled to Fermions
Typically, these operating systems trade off memory protection, multi-user and multi-threaded capabilities to get higher performance.
Cluster Computing White Paper
But to get reliable predictions it is necessary to also calculate the so-called impact factors (or off-shell matrix elements) to next-to-leading order.
Multi-hadron Final States
Above the deconfinement temperature, the strong force gets screened – in agreement with the qualitative picture in which the range of the interaction is reduced because the exchanged gluons can scatter off the heat bath of deconfined thermal quarks and gluons.
Theoretical summary: The First International Conference on Hard and Electromagnetic Probes in Relativistic Nuclear Collisions
The patch gets truncated by a ridge or we run off the sheet before the corresponding generating curve is reached.
How paper folds: bending with local constraints
There are thus two main objectives on this issue well designed for Simbol-X: - to get a precise determination of the cut-off energy using the full extent of the synchrotron spectrum above 10 keV.
Non-thermal acceleration mechanisms in supernova remnant shells
But the attraction of the black hole falls off with radius, so if one member of a particleantiparticle pair is just outside the horizon it can flow off to infinity, while if the other member of the pair is just inside the horizon then it can get sucked into the hole.
What Exactly is the Information Paradox?
Hence from the Eqs. (20) and (51) we get that YΣ will have nonzero off-diagonal components.
Renormalization group evolution of neutrino masses and mixing in seesaw models: A review
Eq.(IV.3) gives Eq.(IV.9) we get that the exponential cut-off happens at about 200 citations. We see that, unlike the cumulative advantage model, our model is capable of qualitative explanation of the power law distribution of citations to papers of the same age.
Theory of citing
Another interesting possibility to get the TBM matrix from the S3 symmetry has been proposed in where, however, after the inclusion of the charged lepton corrections one of the two allowed S3 invariant Yukawa couplings must be switched off by hand.
S3 as a flavour symmetry for quarks and leptons after the Daya Bay result on \theta 13
Unless based on a prescription of this precise form, any Bell-type analysis simply does not get off the ground, because without completeness there can be no theorem .
Whither All the Scope and Generality of Bell's Theorem?
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