To start; stop wasting time; get off the block: How do we get off the dime we're on?/ with word from the Mayor to get off the dime
[1925+; alteration of the expression stop on a dime, used to praise the brakes of a car]
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D. Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers. Cite This Source
Idioms and Phrases with get off the dime
get off the dime
Take action, especially following a time of indecision or delay. For example, It's time this administration got off the dime and came up with a viable budget. This expression originated in the 1920s in dance-halls as an imperative for dancers to get moving. By 1926 it had been extended to other activities.