1. the starting time; at the start; usu. in phr. the first go-off.
|Letters of Major J. Downing (1835) 49: In the first go off, you know, the General’s friends were all above matters of so little importance as Banks and banking.|
|Felix Holt I 243: That’s what I said at the very first go-off.|
|in Life on the Mississippi (1914) 459: [as spelt] ‘i guess you thought i did not cair for what you said, & at the first go off I didn’t.’.|
|Fast and Loose III 217: It will depend on whether I can elude his eye for long enough the first go-off.|
|Tales of the Ex-Tanks 88: Who wants to listen to a lot o’ slush [...] it sounds too much like beery ballads from the go-off.|
|Dinny on the Doorstep 91: But it ud be as good tell her, the first go-off; then she couldn’t go fau’t ye, after!|
|Ulysses 573: Corley, at the first go-off, was inclined to suspect it was something to do with Stephen being fired out of his digs.|
|Nine Tailors (1984) 117: Deacon didn’t explain, first go-off, how he happened to be in Mrs. Wilbraham’s bedroom at all.|
|Of Love And Hunger 209: I had a visitor. Heliotrope. Didn’t recognise him first go off.|
2. one who runs away, abandons the group.
|Urban Grimshaw 148: Urban and I were go-offs for clearing out and leaving everyone in the lurch.|