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start off

Meaning: to begin in a particular way or with a particular act

Synonym: begin

For example:

  • start off The chairman stood up and said, "I'd like to start off by welcoming our guests."

  • start sth off with sth They always start their meetings off with a prayer.

Quick Quiz:

Religious people often start off a meal by
  1. saying a prayer of thanks
  2. passing bread and wine
  3. drinking beer and singing

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