Definition of tee off in English:

tee off

phrasal verb

  • 1Begin a round or hole of golf by playing the ball from a tee.

    ‘we spend ten minutes practising putting before we tee off’
    • ‘Batting in softball, teeing off in golf and hitting a forehand in tennis also require the type of muscle conditioning provided by this exercise.’
    • ‘Just as the two lady golfers teed off at the tenth hole, they heard a loud bang and saw the helicopter come down over the beach and fall on the rocks.’
    • ‘With a three-shot cushion, Tiger Woods tees off at the last hole - and sends his drive straight up the middle of the fairway.’
    • ‘The day began early at the Royal Golf Course where competitors teed off.’
    • ‘Last Sunday morning 23 golfers teed off in a nine hole single stroke.’
    sombre, low-spirited, downcast, sad, dejected, depressed, low, gloomy, despondent, dispirited, disheartened, forlorn, woebegone
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    1. 1.1informal Make a start on something.
      ‘in November, the Society teed off with their inaugural meeting’
      • ‘Let's tee off to a good start.’