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
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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
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