get off one's tail

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get off one's tail

Also, get off one's butt. Stop loafing and start doing something. For example, Get off your tail and help your mother, or I should get off my butt, but I'm exhausted. Neither slangy expression, with its allusion to the buttocks, is considered polite.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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