tee off

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tee 1

1. The letter t.
2. Something shaped like a T.
3. Informal A T-shirt.
4. Sports & Games A mark aimed at in certain games, such as curling or quoits.
to a tee
Perfectly; exactly: a plan that suits me to a tee.

tee 2

1. A small peg with a concave top for holding a golf ball for an initial drive.
2. The designated area of each golf hole from which a player makes his or her first stroke.
3. A device used to stand a football on end for a kickoff.
4. A shaft with a concave top attached to a flat base, used to hold the ball in T-ball.
tr.v. teed, tee·ing, tees
To place (a ball) on a tee. Often used with up.
Phrasal Verb:
tee off
1. To drive a golf ball from the tee.
2. Slang To start or begin: They teed off the fundraising campaign with a dinner.
3. Slang To make angry or disgusted: The impertinent remarks teed the speaker off.

[Back-formation from obsolete Scots teaz (taken as a pl.)]

tee off

vb (adverb)
1. (Golf) golf to strike (the ball) from a tee, as when starting a hole
2. informal to begin; start
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.tee off - strike a ball from the teeing ground at the start of a hole
golf, golf game - a game played on a large open course with 9 or 18 holes; the object is use as few strokes as possible in playing all the holes
play - participate in games or sport; "We played hockey all afternoon"; "play cards"; "Pele played for the Brazilian teams in many important matches"

w>tee off

vieinen Ball vom (ersten) Abschlag spielen
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Northumberland's Matfen Hall saw Big Al tee off at The Prince's Trust annual golf tournament yesterday afternoon, alongside other regional celebrities.
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Watching him tee off will be playing partners Lucas Glover and Simon Dyson, their caddies, the scorers, a few stewards and one or two fans who will just want to be able to say they were there.
England football boss Steve McClaren joined the first golfers to tee off at a new nine-hole course.
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Six years later the teenager from Newcastle, New South Wales, is the United States Amateur champion and will tee off at Augusta in April alongside defending champion Mike Weir.
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