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start off

1. To begin traveling; to start a journey. We were just about to start off when I realized that I had forgotten my passport. Let's start off soon—I'd like to get to the campsite before sundown.
2. To do some particular task or action as a means of beginning some process. A noun or pronoun can be used between "start" and "off." Lets' start the meeting off by going around and introducing ourselves. I don't think you should start off the presentation with an anecdote like that.
3. To instruct, cause, or compel someone to begin on something or to begin doing something as an initial starting point. A noun or pronoun is used between "start" and "off." We'll start you off with some easy tasks so you get the hang of the job before we throw you into the deep end. They started me off washing dishes, but said they would train me to be a cook once I'd been there for a couple months.
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start someone off (on something)

to cause someone to begin on a task or job. I have to start Jeff off on this task, then I will talk to you. I will start off my workers on the job tomorrow.
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start off

 (on something)
1. to begin a series or sequence. Today I start off on the first volume of my trilogy. I am ready to start off now.
2. to begin a journey. When do we start off on our trip? I'm ready to start off. What about you?
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start off

(by doing something) to begin a process by doing a particular thing first. Can I start off by singing the school song? That's a good way to start off.
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start off

to begin; to set out on a journey. When do you want to start off? We will start off as soon as we can get everything packed.
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start off

1. Set out on a trip, as in We plan to start off in the morning. [Early 1800s] Also see start out.
2. start someone off. Cause someone to set out or to begin something, as in Mother packed their lunches and started them off, or Paul started them off on their multiplication tables. [Early 1700s] For start off on the right foot, see get off on the right foot.
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start off

v.
1. To begin in a specified way: The company started off with only two employees. Let's start off with an appetizer. The director of the play had started off as a stagehand 30 years ago.
2. To begin a journey: The climbers started off after breakfast.
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References in classic literature ?
'So soon,' says he, 'as I am gone, and the house is redd up and the gear disposed of' (all which, Davie, hath been done), 'give my boy this letter into his hand, and start him off to the house of Shaws, not far from Cramond.
A whiff of the smoke from frying bacon would start him off for a half-hour's paroxysm, and he kept carefully to windward when Daylight was cooking.
Yet something must have happened since last night to start him off. I'm clean puzzled, that's what, and I won't know a minute's peace of mind or conscience until I know what has taken Matthew Cuthbert out of Avonlea today."
"Don't talk about Venice to our Doge," put in the fiddle, "or you will start him off, and he has stowed away a couple of bottles as it is-- has the prince!"
Karl Burke trainer of Kadar We don't know if he's a Guineas horse but he's done well over the winter and the plan is to start him off in the Craven Stakes, which will tell us more.
"The outlined programme we have is to start him off in the Betfair Chase at Haydock in mid November.
"He's never experienced conditions like these, but he's ready to go to the races, and we need to start him off with a view of looking towards Royal Ascot," said the trainer.
We may well start him off in the Free Handicap before we think about the Guineas.
FAIR City star Jim Bartley gave veteran cyclist Michael Sutton a big push at the weekend to start him off on a 3,000-mile charity ride.
He is moving much better this year and this is a perfect race to start him off in as he doesn't carry a Group 1 penalty."
"He's been resting since he won in Harold's Cross," said Buckley, "but he's mad for some work now, so I'm going to start him off galloping and build him up to a trial or two.
We'll probably start him off at Leopardstown over Christmas; there's a three-year-old maiden hurdle there."
"He's done very well over the winter and I'm looking forward to getting on with him, but I haven't really decided where to start him off yet," said the trainer.
"As he gets older he'll probably handle it better, but I don't really want to start him off on that soft ground."
Connections had hoped to start him off at Southwell last month, before withdrawing him because of the prospect of good to firm going, and have chosen the Bitterley Beginners' Chase (2.10) from a number of options this week.