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English definition of “start sb off”

start sb off

verb uk phrasal verb with start   /stɑːt/ us    /stɑːrt/
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. 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.
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