As I look up the dictionary, it says that 'to get off' means 1. to start off / to leave for somewhere 2. to stop something 3. to escape

But I don't understand the meaning of 'to get off opinions'. Does that mean like, making opinions? Here is the example, which is from 'Baker's blue-jay yarn' by Mark Twain.

He couldn't seem to make it out, so he raised a yell, and three more jays come. They all examined the hole, they all made the sufferer tell it over again, then they all discussed it, and got off as many leather-headed opinions about it as an average crowd of humans could have done.

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Get off here is a transitive colloquialism, a 'phrasal' verb meaning approximately "succeed in emitting".

He got off several shots at the bandits, but they escaped unhurt.
He got off some telling observations before the crowd pelted him off the stage.

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