Definition of kick off phrasal verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

kick off

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phrasal verb Anger
 
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  1. 1when a football (soccer ) game or a team, etc. kicks off, the game starts related noun kick-off Synonymsstartbegin start off kick off commence openThese words are all used to talk about things happening from the beginning, or people doing the first part of something.start to begin to happen or exist; to begin in a particular way or from a particular point:When does the class start?begin to start to happen or exist; to start in a particular way or from a particular point; to start speaking:When does the concert begin?start or begin?There is not much difference in meaning between these words. Start is more frequent in spoken English and in business contexts; begin is more frequent in written English and is often used when you are describing a series of events:The story begins on the island of Corfu. Start is not used to mean ‘begin speaking’:‘Ladies and gentlemen,’ he started.start off (rather informal) to start happening or doing something; to start by doing or being something:The discussion started off mildly enough.kick off (informal) to start an event or activity, especially in a particular way; (of an event, activity, etc.) to start, especially in a particular way:Tom will kick off with a few comments. The festival kicks off on Monday, September 13.commence (formal) to start happening:The meeting is scheduled to commence at noon.open to start an event or activity in a particular way; (of an event, a film/​movie or a book) to start, especially in a particular way:The story opens with a murder.Patterns to start/​begin/​start off/​kick off/​commence/​open with something to start/​begin/​start off/​kick off/​commence/​open by doing something to start/​begin/​start off/​commence as something a campaign/​season/​meeting starts/​begins/​starts off/​kicks off/​commences/​opens a film/​movie/​book starts/​begins/​starts off/​opens
  2. 2to suddenly become angry or violent See related entries: Anger

kick off (with something)

 
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(informal) to start What time shall we kick off? Tom will kick off with a few comments. related noun kick-off
to remove something by kicking to kick off your shoes
to start a discussion, a meeting, an event, etc. synonym open

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