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get off (third-person singular simple present gets off, present participle getting off, simple past got off, past participle got off or gotten off)

  1. (transitive) To move from being on top of (something) to not being on top of it.
    Get off your chair and help me.
  2. (transitive) To move (something) from being on top of (something else) to not being on top of it.
    Could you get the book off the top shelf for me?
  3. (transitive and intransitive) To disembark, especially from mass transportation, such as a bus or train.
    You get off the train at the third stop.
    When we reach the next stop, we'll get off.
    The heavens opened just as I got off the bus.
  4. (transitive and intransitive) To stop (doing something), to desist from (doing something).
    This is where you get off ordering me about!
    • 2017 January 19, Peter Bradshaw, “T2 Trainspotting review – choose a sequel that doesn't disappoint”, in the Guardian[1]:
      It reunites the horribly duplicitous skag-addicted non-heroes of the first movie about twentysomethings trying to get off heroin in Edinburgh, and finding that they have nothing very much to put in its place.
    • 2001, Ken Follett, Jackdaws, Dutton, →ISBN, page 140,
      "And you're the only person in the country who can do it."
      "Get off," she said skeptically.
  5. (transitive) To stop using a piece of equipment, such as a telephone or computer.
    Can you get off the phone, please? I need to use it urgently.
  6. (transitive and intransitive) To complete a shift or a day's work.
    If I can get off early tomorrow, I'll give you a ride home.
  7. (intransitive) To stop touching or interfering with something or someone.
    Don't tickle me – get off!
  8. (transitive with object following “get”, slang) To excite or arouse, especially in a sexual manner.
    Catwoman's costume really gets me off.
  9. (intransitive, slang) To experience an orgasm or other sexual pleasure; to become sexually aroused.
    You are not allowed to get off in my bedroom.
    It takes more than a picture in a girlie magazine for me to get off.
  10. (intransitive, slang, Britain) To kiss; to smooch.
    I'd like to get off with him after the party.
  11. (intransitive) To escape (with usually only mild consequences).
    The vandal got off easy, with only a fine.
    to get off easily from a trial
    You got off lightly by not being kept in detention for breaking that window.
  12. (intransitive, Britain) To fall asleep.
    If I wake up during the night, I cannot get off again.
  13. (transitive, especially in an interrogative sentence) To behave in an presumptuous, rude, or intrusive manner.
    Where do you get off talking to me like that?
    • 1981, Magnus J. Krynski and Robert A. Maguire, “A Million Laughs, A Bright Hope”, translating Wisława Szymborska, “Sto Pociech” in Sounds, Feelings, Thoughts: Seventy Poems by Wisława Szymborska:
      in a word: he’s almost nobody,
      but his head’s filled with freedom, omniscience, transcendence
      beyond his foolish flesh,
      just where does he get off!
  14. (dated) To utter; to discharge.
    to get off a joke



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