ready for the off

ready for the off

Ready or prepared for something to begin, especially a race or competition. Primarily heard in UK. We have our boat in tip-top shape ahead of the race, and we're all ready for the off.
See also: off, ready

ready for the off

(of a person or vehicle) fully prepared to leave. informal
See also: off, ready
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Pictured ready for the off are (from left), back row David Edgar, Chris Miller, Andy Jones, Luke Begley, Chris Langley, Graham Cobbit, Chris Taylor, James Grace, Simon Neale; front row Wayne Jackson, Simon Graham, Steve Pemberton, Paul Lambert, Matthew Lole, Karl Pinks, Steve Sinclaire, Jack Foster.
| Ready for the off! This group of Lepton runners waits for the whistle |from Mr Charles Taylor, president of the Huddersfield Save the Children Fund, to start their sponsored jog to Lepton.
GETTING READY FOR THE OFF The Bupa Great North Run sign on the Tyne Bridge took some time to erect, but now it is in place, where it was photographed by Dave Charlton, it will help heighten the atmosphere in the run-up to the big day, Sunday September 15 Send your views of the North East and Cumbria to Peter Montellier at pics@ncjmedia.co.uk Please include address and daytime telephone numbers and details about where the picture was taken.
READY FOR THE OFF: There was not much information about this photograph retrieved from our picture archives, but it was so unusual we felt we just had to reprint it.
So you're ready for the off. All you need to do now is hitch up your wagon and it'll all be downhill from there.
READY FOR THE OFF? Improvements costing pounds 1.75m were on show at Teesside Park Racecourse in October 1979.