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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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Carrie Sloane kept saying every few minutes, `The time has come for us to part,' and that would start us off again whenever we were in any danger of cheering up.
With the Athletics Kenya track and field series now over, the focus turns to the Africa Games scheduled for August 19 to September 2 in Morocco.To start us off will, of course, be the national trials scheduled for June 21 to 23 at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani.
"We had some cricket cookies to start us off, and then insect crepes, a mince substitute of bug bolognaise.
Being new in this technology, our Department of Foreign Affairs may solicit the help of friendly Middle East countries in this regard - how to set it up and who knows, might even donate even second-hand machines to start us off with the resuscitated clean sea water of Manila Bay.
"Those first ten to 15 minutes, if our fans can keep giving the team the kind of support they have been showing to help start us off and get the atmosphere going.
Another reason that we are doing this is because the question we have based this on to start us off is 'How can we ensure safe, affordable and adequate housing?' We would be extremely grateful if you could support us in this important project to make our area a better place for everyone.
Reigning Super Bowl champions Philadelphia Eagles start us off on Thursday against the Atlanta Falcons, and all this week Arab News has previewed the teams most likely to lift the Vince Lombardi trophy next February...C
We had local lad, Aaron Fleming who is in a wheelchair, join us as he was determined to take part, along with Tina Tew, chair of Prostate Cymru who came from Cardiff to start us off.
"I was trying to start us off and get on base so that my team could have the opportunity to score." Brinckerhoff said.
"If they were doing a training exercise they would put boys into positions to start us off but if anyone touched me, even on my shoulders, I would freak out.
The endpapers start us off nicely with three illustrations of our narrator in various happy activities, followed by a repeated image of dog chasing cat, and cat chasing dog!
"We believe our club should be challenging for honours at this level," said Bridgeman "So the message is let's try and get something tonight, to start us off."
"We are all positive going into this match and just need to focus on getting three points in Malta to start us off. Hopefully that will stand us in good stead for the remainder of the campaign."
"They (the strikers) start us off and Jamie's been a catalyst for us in terms of that, but we're also pleased with his goal return this season which is important as a striker."