1Begin a round or hole of golf by playing the ball from a tee.‘we spend ten minutes practising putting before we tee off’
sombre, low-spirited, downcast, sad, dejected, depressed, low, gloomy, despondent, dispirited, disheartened, forlorn, woebegone
- ‘With a three-shot cushion, Tiger Woods tees off at the last hole - and sends his drive straight up the middle of the fairway.’
- ‘The day began early at the Royal Golf Course where competitors teed off.’
- ‘Batting in softball, teeing off in golf and hitting a forehand in tennis also require the type of muscle conditioning provided by this exercise.’
- ‘Last Sunday morning 23 golfers teed off in a nine hole single stroke.’
- ‘Just as the two lady golfers teed off at the tenth hole, they heard a loud bang and saw the helicopter come down over the beach and fall on the rocks.’
- 1.1informal Make a start on something.
- ‘in November, the Society teed off with their inaugural meeting’
- ‘Let's tee off to a good start.’
2tee someone off, tee off someoneNorth American informal Make someone angry or annoyed.
irate, annoyed, cross, vexed, irritated, exasperated, indignant, aggrieved, irked, piqued, displeased, provoked, galled, resentful
- ‘their attitude really teed me off’
- ‘Tommy was really teed off at Ernie’
- ‘It was one of those things that tees you off, and I responded to that.’
- ‘One thing that really tees me off about the tournament, especially in the early rounds is you can't watch the game that you really want.’
- ‘So I am teed off at Buster the bunny because this is all his fault.’
- ‘I wasn't teed off I was exceedingly infuriated.’
3tee off on someone or somethingUS informal Sharply attack someone or something.
- ‘he will tee off on conservative politicians’
- ‘Chang teed off on his opponent's serve’
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