off and running


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off and running

Having begun and progressing well or as expected. (An allusion to a race, as between humans or animals.) I was worried about how the day would go, but once we were off and running, things went without a hitch. It took a while for the show to get interesting, but now it's off and running!
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off and running

 
1. Lit. [of horses, dogs, or people] having started racing. It's a beautiful day at the races, and, yes, they're off and running!
2. Fig. started up and going. The car was finally loaded by 9:30, and we were off and running. The construction of the building was going to take two years, but we were off and running, and it appeared we would finish on schedule.
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off and running

Making a good start, progressing well, as in After the first episode the new soap opera was off and running. Originating in horse racing, as the traditional announcement at the beginning of a race ("They're off and running"), this phrase began to be used more broadly in the second half of the 1900s.
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off and running

making good progress.
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