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Definition of the verb go off

What does go off mean as a doing phrase?


  1. run away; usually includes taking something or somebody along
  2. be discharged or activated
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • more generic words: burst / explode = burst outward, usually with noise
  3. go off or discharge
  4. stop running, functioning, or operating
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • antonym: go on
    • more generic words: halt / stop = come to a halt, stop moving
  5. happen in a particular manner
  6. burst inward

Alternative definition of the verb go off


  1. [intransitive] To explode.
  2. [intransitive] To explode metaphorically; to become very angry.
  3. [intransitive] To begin clanging or making noise.
  4. [intransitive] To depart; to leave.
  5. [intransitive, British, Australia] To putrefy or become inedible, or to become unusable in any way.
  6. [transitive] To like less.


  1. "Go Off" a.k.a. "Go Off!" is the second and final studio album by heavy metal band Cacophony, released in 1988 through Shrapnel Records. About two years after the album's release, guitarist Jason Becker was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, rendering him paralyzed and completely unable to play to this day.
  2. "Go Off" is a musical single of KB.
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  3. "Go Off" is a composition.
  4. "Go Off" is a composition.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Go Off

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Google previewThe London encyclopaedia, or, Universal dictionary of science, art, literature, and practical mechanics, by the orig. ed. of the Encyclopaedia metropolitana [T. Curtis]. (1839)

by Thomas Curtis (of Grove house sch, Islington)

To go off. To die ; to go out of life ; to decease.

Google previewA Lexicon of Lunacy (1993)

by Thomas Szasz

wrong numbers Get wrong orders from headquarters Giddy Giddybrain Giggyhead Giddypate Gloomy Gus Go ape Go ausgespielt Go balmy Go bananas Go batty Go blooey Go bung Goflooey Go haywire Go into mental bankruptcy Go off; ...

Google previewNew American Roget's College Thesaurus in Dictionary Form (Revised &Updated) (2002)

by Philip D. Morehead

take one's departure, set out, set off, march off, put off, start off, be off, move off, get off, pack off, go off, take oneself off; start, issue, march out, debouch; go forth, sally [forth], set forth or forward; break camp, pull up ...

Google previewCambridge Dictionary of American Idioms (2003)

by Paul Heacock

go off 1 to explode or fire bullets ♢ We left the building just before the bomb went off * Fireworks were going off signaling the end of the race. * The gun went off near a whole bunch ...

Google previewChambers Junior School Dictionary

go off 1 A bomb or a gun goes off when it explodes or it is fired: The gun went off by accident. 2 Food goes off when it becomes rotten or sour: The fridge broke down and all the food went off. 3 An alarm bell goes off when it starts ringing.

Google previewLondon Encyclopaedia; Or, Universal Dictionary of Science, Art, Literature and Practical Mechanics (1829)

Comprising a Popular View of the Present State of Knowledge

To go off. To die; to go out of life; to decease.

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First off, we've had sworn testimony from soldiers and testimony before our staff that wasn't sworn, that said these alarms rarely went off, that they went off after the war in most cases and went off a lot. (Christopher Shays)
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