get off - definition and synonyms

phrasal verb
present tense
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.

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  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.

    1. a.
      [transitive] get someone off to help someone to avoid being punished by a court
  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. 8
    [transitive] get someone off British to help someone to fall asleep
    1. a.
      get off to sleep British to fall asleep
  9. 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.

  10. 10
    [intransitive/transitive] get off something to leave a bus, plane, or train
  11. 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
  12. 12
    where does someone get off doing something? spoken used for saying that you think someone is wrong to behave in a particular way
See also main entry: get