Definition of get off in English:

get off

phrasal verb

  • 1informal Escape a punishment; be acquitted.

    ‘you'll get off with a caution’
    • ‘I was surprised, and I thought he might even get off with that defense.’
    • ‘Derek somehow managed to get off with only community service.’
    • ‘While most get off with a warning, there is at least one case of dismissal.’
    • ‘Whenever they are caught they seem to get off with little or no punishment at all and just end up laughing at the system.’
    • ‘Since there are no eyewitnesses to the killing and Richard claims it was an accident, he may get off with only a few years in jail.’
    • ‘I just act polite and a bit contrite and seem to get off with warnings, always.’
    • ‘He confessed to police and was lucky to get off with a bond.’
    • ‘In fact its believed that up to 60% of current Green Mile inmates would get off with a life sentence if investigated properly.’
    • ‘In practice, most people caught with small amounts of cannabis will get off with a warning.’
    • ‘Straight up spammers tend to get off with ‘light’ fines in the thousands as opposed to jail time.’
    • ‘Meanwhile those responsible for the workers' misery and the trade in human beings seem to get off lightly - once again.’
    escape punishment, be acquitted, be absolved, be cleared, be exonerated, be exculpated, be declared innocent, be found innocent, be vindicated
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  • 2British Go to sleep, especially after some difficulty.

    • ‘It's gentle patter actually helps me get off to sleep.’
    • ‘If you've had a bad night, resist the temptation to sleep in the next day - it will make it harder to get off to sleep the following night.’
    • ‘I finally got off to sleep, and was having a wonderful dream about tidal waves when the lights and television suddenly turned themselves back on.’
    • ‘I'm so tired, as I got home really late last night and then couldn't get off to sleep.’
    • ‘If alcohol is used to aid getting off to sleep there could be a problem.’
    • ‘I'd just got off to sleep when my dogs started barking at about 12.30 am.’
    • ‘You'll be glad for good communication when she gets older and her problems are bigger than being fed or getting off to sleep.’
    • ‘I eventually got off to sleep amid the jungle noises.’
    • ‘Primary insomnia we say is when you have a problem getting off to sleep, or maintaining sleep, for at least one month.’
    • ‘Frequent fliers overseas often carry a medication called temazepam, which helps them get off to sleep quickly.’
  • 3British informal Have a sexual encounter.

    ‘Linda got off with the ski instructor’
    • ‘Their motive is to give wild parties and get off with girls.’
    • ‘Antonio gives his half to the man who got off with Shylock's daughter.’
    • ‘In case you don't know the play, the deal is this: middle class Bassanio wants to get off with Portia, an upper class lady.’
    • ‘If you want to get off with your doctor, change lists and find out what he does in his spare time.’
    • ‘I can't stand the Arena, a load of drunken bald men trying to get off with you - and that's only at half ten!’
    • ‘But our image is of two idiots beating each other up while trying to get off with women.’
    • ‘And every once in a while he would get off with one of them.’
    • ‘The hope is that when they are 60 they can still get off with a tasty blonde in her early twenties.’
    • ‘Maybe Beau will get really drunk and think you're a girl so you can get off with him!’
    • ‘Look at him calling a phone sex line, not looking to get off, but just wanting somebody to talk to.’
  • 4North American vulgar slang Have an orgasm.