Definition of set off in US English:

set off

phrasal verb

  • Begin a journey.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Drivers are being advised to check road conditions with the Highways Agency before setting off on journeys.’
    • ‘Get a good night's sleep before setting off on a long trip and make sure you are properly awake before leaving.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The three Wrabness men have already reached southern Spain, just two days after setting off.’
    • ‘There are the walkers setting off with their walking boots, backpacks and sticks for a day in the hills.’
    • ‘The notion that one can set off on a journey and arrive at the promised time is regarded as a joke.’
    • ‘Travellers setting off for the great bank holiday getaway today can expect the busiest roads of the year.’
    set out, start out, set forth, sally forth, begin one's journey, leave, depart, embark, set sail
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