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hit the ground running

Slang definitions & phrases for hit the ground running

hit the ground running

verb phrase

To make a quick and eager start; not waste time: Boot camp legislation hits the ground running/ The new Administration should hit the ground running (1950s+ Marine Corps)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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Idioms and Phrases with hit the ground running
Seize an opportunity; begin at full speed. For example, As soon as the front office gave its approval for the new department, we hit the ground running. The origin of this term is disputed. It may come from troops dropped into a combat zone, from stowaways jumping off a freight train as it nears the station, or from Pony Express riders avoiding delay when they changed mounts.
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