What is the meaning or role of the word 'off' as in come off, go off, get off, climb off, which all have to do with sexual orgasm? These are all that I have learned so far, and maybe there are some more phrases that has the similar meaning. Why does it have 'off' at the end instead of other word like 'on'?

Thank you very much.

  • There are phrases with 'on', such as turn on. I don't think off can be said to have any particular meaning in such phrases - perhaps a connotation of freedom from restraint. – Colin Fine Nov 17 at 18:08
  • I might be mistaken, but go off and climb off don't have any sexual meaning, and neither does the idiom come off (at least not nowadays, I don't think?). Get off is also not exclusively used in this meaning. – userr2684291 Nov 17 at 18:36
  • Thank you for the reply, Colin, and userr2684291. I know the meaning of turn on, but I think it is not to the extent of having an orgasm or climax. The etymonline.com/word/cum says the cum come originally from 'come off'. As as a slang, the 'go off' has that meaning according to idioms.thefreedictionary.com/go+off. answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20110621094907AAGOOR5 says 'climb off' means 'get off sexually' at the bottom. Thank you. – user104533 Nov 17 at 20:05
  • Sexual episodes tend to end with a climax of some kind, at least successful ones do. We often use 'off' in phrasal verbs signifying completion or achievement - finish off, bring off, turn off (the first two of these can be used sexually). – Michael Harvey Nov 17 at 20:35
  • Thank you very much, Michael Harvey. Your comment really helps in understanding the phrases. Thank you. – user104533 Nov 18 at 16:40

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