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Definition of start off phrasal verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary


start off

 phrasal verb
phrasal verb
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Phrasal Verbs
  1. 1to begin to move The horse started off at a steady trot.
  2. 2to begin happening; to begin doing something The discussion started off mildly enough.
  3. 3to begin by doing or being something Let's start off with some gentle exercises. We started off by introducing ourselves. start off doing something I started off working quite hard, but it didn't last.

    start somebody off (on something)

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  1. 1[no passive] to make someone begin doing something What started her off on that crazy idea? Don't say anything to her—you'll start her off again (= make her get angry). start somebody off doing something Kevin started us all off laughing.
  2. 2to help someone begin doing something My mother started me off on the piano when I was three. start somebody off doing something His father started him off farming.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: start off