from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Start; outset; beginning or attempt: usually preceded by at and first: as, at first go-off (at once, at the very outset).
  • noun In banking, the amouut of loans falling due (and therefore ‘going off’ the amount in the books) in a certain period.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun start; beginning; commencement


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  • But on the discomfort scale, 10 watching the Vice President go-off script on a Sunday talk show, 5 having an informal bite with Hillary, and 1 getting a foot massage on Air Force One as we fly into the sunset, I'd give it a 7 -- the rough equivalent of catching Sarkozy eyeballing the passing caboose of a girl too young even for Berlusconi.

    Sparack: Bruno: Don't Ask (A Reluctant, Though 75% Positive, Review)

  • It would be a great thing for us if any undertaking of this kind could live long enough to get affections and associations connected with it, whose steady glow should take the place of, and more than supply, the shine of novelty, and the dazzle of a first go-off.

    The Future of the American Idea

  • Bloom and hard to follow at the first go-off but the music of


  • Corley at the first go-off was inclined to suspect it was something to do with Stephen being fired out of his digs for bringing in a bloody tart off the street.


  • He'll rush you at the go-off, but don't get rattled.


  • "You can strike my name from the ballot at the go-off," stated Percy, promptly.

    Jim Spurling, Fisherman or Making Good

  • As at Madeira, the ship's company were allowed leave to go on shore, watch and watch in turn: so, belonging as we both did to the starboard division, Mick and I were amongst those who had the first go-off.

    Young Tom Bowling The Boys of the British Navy

  • You must be careful whom you tell the story to, old chap; for at the first go-off it sounds as if it was not merely eating too much that was the matter.

    Cecilia de Noël

  • Such would probably be his first go-off; and the next impulse would be to run, shout, cry fire! or murder!

    The Knickerbocker, or New-York Monthly Magazine, January 1844 Volume 23, Number 1

  • The first action gave the blow with more direct force than the second, which had the notch upon what is called the underhammer, but was defective in the absence of any means to regulate the distance of the "go-off," or

    Scientific American Supplement, No. 385, May 19, 1883


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