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I/you/we/theyget off
he/she/itgets off
present participlegetting off
past tensegot off
past participlegot off
  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] [usually in imperative] used for telling someone to stop touching someone or something

    Get off – you're hurting my back.

    get off someone/something:

    Get off the grass right now!

    1. a.
      [transitive] get someone/something off someone/something used for telling someone to stop another person or thing touching someone or something

      Get your dog off me!

      Would you please get your feet off the table?

  2. 2
    [transitive] get something off to have a particular period of time as a holiday

    I'll try to come, but I'm not sure I'll be able to get that week off.

    Do you get much time off at Christmas?

  3. 3
    [intransitive/transitive] to leave the place where you work at the end of the day

    We get off early on Fridays.

    What time do you get off work?

    1. a.
      [transitive] get someone off to help someone to be ready to leave a place at the right time

      I try to get the kids off in the mornings by 8.30.

  4. 4
    [transitive] get something off to send something, for example in the post

    Have you got your application form off yet?

    get something off to someone:

    I'll get the documents off to you this afternoon.

  5. 5
    [intransitive] to not be punished severely or at all for something that you have been accused of in court

    He was charged with manslaughter, but got off.

    get off with:

    At best you can hope to get off with a £100 fine.

  6. 6
    [transitive] get something off someone to borrow or take something from someone

    Get a worksheet off the teacher.

  7. 7
    [intransitive/transitive] mainly American spoken to have an orgasm, or to make someone have an orgasm
  8. 9
    [transitive] get off something to stop talking about a subject because you have become interested in talking about something else

    She was telling me about her family, but then we got off the subject.

  9. 10
    [intransitive/transitive] get off something to leave a bus, plane, or train
  10. 11
    tell someone where they can get off/where to get off spoken to tell someone rudely that you are angry or annoyed at them
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