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English definition of “start sb off”

start sb off

phrasal verb with start     /stɑːt/ US  /stɑːrt/ verb
to help someone to start an activity , especially a piece of work : I'll start her off on some fairly basic stuff and see how she gets on.Helping and co-operating to make someone start to laugh , cry , or talk about something that they talk about often: I could see Emma trying not to laugh and of course that started me off.Affecting and influencing
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