start off

World English Dictionary
start off
1.  (intr) to set out on a journey
2.  to be or make the first step in an activity; initiate: he started the show off with a lively song
3.  (tr) to cause (a person) to act or do something, such as to laugh, to tell stories, etc

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Idioms & Phrases

start off

  1. Set out on a trip, as in We plan to start off in the morning. [Early 1800s] Also see start out.

  2. start someone off. Cause someone to set out or to begin something, as in Mother packed their lunches and started them off, or Paul started them off on their multiplication tables. [Early 1700s] For start off on the right foot, see get off on the right foot.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
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