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start sb off

phrasal verb with start uk   /stɑːt/  us   /stɑːrt/ verb
to ​help someone to ​start an ​activity, ​especially a ​piece of ​work: I'll ​start her off on some ​fairlybasicstuff 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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start sb off

phrasal verb with start uk   us   /stɑːt/ verb
to ​help someone to ​start an ​activity, especially a ​piece of ​work: It was his uncle who ​started him off in ​business.
(Definition of start sb off from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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