get (something) off the ground

get off the ground

1. Literally, to lift up off the ground. A noun or pronoun can be used between "get" and "off." This beat-up old plane will never get off the ground!
2. To get underway; to get to a point of stable or self-sufficient progress or development. A noun or pronoun can be used between "get" and "off." Now that this project has finally gotten off the ground, we can start to focus some of our attention on other areas of the business. Jack just wants to wait until the company gets off the ground a bit before we begin any major media campaigns.
See also: get, ground, off

get (something) off the ground

If a something that is planned gets off the ground, it starts operating or functioning and if you get something that is planned off the ground, you make it start to operate or function. He will need contacts here if he's going to have any chance of getting his plan off the ground. Councillor Riley spoke of the dedication and enthusiasm of staff and volunteers in getting the schemes off the ground. Even if the talks do get off the ground, there is no guarantee they will succeed.
See also: get, ground, off
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