Definition of set off in English:

set off

phrasal verb

  • Begin a journey.

    • ‘Get a good night's sleep before setting off on a long trip and make sure you are properly awake before leaving.’
    • ‘It's very difficult wishing loved ones all the best when they are setting off to a land as far away from you as it is possible to be.’
    • ‘The three Wrabness men have already reached southern Spain, just two days after setting off.’
    • ‘Three days before we had hammered up from Glasgow to the ferry, setting off an hour late and having to make time.’
    • ‘It recommends setting off east on a train to Harwich, then taking a boat to Demark and heading on from there.’
    • ‘About half an hour after setting off a blizzard descended, I couldn't see five yards in front of me.’
    • ‘Travellers setting off for the great bank holiday getaway today can expect the busiest roads of the year.’
    • ‘Drivers are being advised to check road conditions with the Highways Agency before setting off on journeys.’
    • ‘The notion that one can set off on a journey and arrive at the promised time is regarded as a joke.’
    • ‘There are the walkers setting off with their walking boots, backpacks and sticks for a day in the hills.’
    set out, start out, set forth, sally forth, begin one's journey, leave, depart, embark, set sail
    hit the road
    set forward
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