To set off

To enter upon a journey; to start.
(Typog.) To deface or soil the next sheet; - said of the ink on a freshly printed sheet, when another sheet comes in contact with it before it has had time to dry.

See also: Set, Set

References in classic literature ?
The ladies themselves seem so sensible of this, that they are all industrious to procure foils: nay, they will become foils to themselves; for I have observed (at Bath particularly) that they endeavour to appear as ugly as possible in the morning, in order to set off that beauty which they intend to show you in the evening.
Her brother, she found, was preparing to set off with all speed to Fullerton, to make known his situation and ask consent; and here was a source of some real agitation to the mind of Isabella.
When the contents of the letter were ascertained, John Thorpe, who had only waited its arrival to begin his journey to London, prepared to set off.
They ordered the lackeys not to unsaddle the gorses, and to hold themselves in readiness to set off again immediately.
Adam, after making an ineffectual attempt to eat, put the food in his pocket, and, drinking a draught of ale, declared himself ready to set off.
NORDIC BUSINESS REPORT-February 16, 2017-HiQ announces share issue to set off additional payment of acquisition
Of the third variety, account combination--the implied contractual right of a depository bank to set off a current customer debt balance against a reciprocal deposit account balance--is introduced as a contractual set-off prototype, and becomes a key focus of the analytical exercise undertaken in Part IV.
So why don't we use them for something good, like to set off volcanos, and keep the world's temperature just where we like It.
Whilst Castle Hill provides a great vantage point for seeing displays from all around the Huddersfield area, the council would like to remind you not to set off fireworks or build fires at Castle Hill, or any of our other parks and open spaces without permission.
The comic begins by talking about his life back in the UK 22 years ago, and why he decided to set off on the journey in the first place, before he travels to Sydney and sets off up the east coast.
A GROUP of friends preparing to cycle 1,000 miles for charity raised five times their target in 24 hours after their supplies were stolen as they were about to set off.
Iain Robson from the AONB Partnership said: "We recognise that our beaches are relatively free of light pollution and as such are great places to set off fireworks.