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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 ?
Thinking that he would see or wind us, and that it would probably start them off again if we tried to get nearer, especially as the ground was rather open, we all aimed at this bull, and at my whispered word, we fired.
I was determined to start them off on a solid and thorough foundation, so far as their books were concerned.
The big mistake is to start them off too soon - they get all leggy and useless.
The first 140 households to sign up will receive a free hanging basket kit to start them off.
Easily grown from seed, you need to start them off mid-April ready for planting in mid-May.
Sow Feltham first early peas 6in apart in a piece of guttering and start them off in the warmth, ready to transfer to a vegetable plot as soon as the weather and soil improves.
Christine, 56, who runs a catering company supplying nurseries with Mick, said: "When they bought their own house I bought Tony a single Christmas decoration to start them off and it snowballed from there.
Even for someone "who's never seen a darn drill in his life and is young" about 19 or 20 years old-drilling companies will start them off at $15 an hour.
If newspaper reports are to be believed, our very own Welsh finalists are set to receive a substantial nest egg to start them off in life, with Rosie Ribbons, above, and Jessica Garlick set to pick up in excess of pounds 50,000 each from Pop Idol appearances and other shows.
The alternative method is to start them off in small pots, grow them in a cold frame or unheated greenhouse and transplant them in March or April.
Can I grow tomatoes from seed outdoors or must I start them off in the greenhouse?
It can be quite hard to actually get them to sit down and read on their own, so maybe give them a drink or a biscuit and start them off then leave them to it.