get a move on


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get a move on

To move, proceed, or work faster; to hurry. Get a move on, kids, or we're going to be late for the movie! We've got to get a move on if we want to finish this project by the end of the week.
See also: get, move, on

get cracking

Rur. to get to work. If you want to finish that quilt by Labor Day, you best get cracking. Sit down to your homework and get cracking!
See also: cracking, get

get rolling

Fig. to get started. Come on. It's time to leave. Let's get rolling! Bill, it's 6:30. Time to get up and get rolling!
See also: get, roll

get a move on

Also, get cracking or going or rolling . Hurry up; also, start working. For example, Get a move on, it's late, or Let's get cracking, kids, or It's time we got going, or The alarm went off ten minutes ago, so get rolling. The first colloquial expression dates from the late 1800s. The second term, also colloquial, employs the verb to crack in the sense of "travel with speed," a usage dating from the early 1800s, but the idiom dates only from the first half of the 1900s. The third term dates from the late 1800s and also has other meanings; see get going. Get rolling alludes to setting wheels in motion and dates from the first half of the 1900s. Also see get busy; get on the stick.
See also: get, move, on

get cracking

see under get a move on.
See also: cracking, get

get a move on

INFORMAL
COMMON If you get a move on, you hurry. You'd better get a move on if you're going to make it back in time for the match. `I wish the driver would get a move on,' she said.
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get cracking

INFORMAL
If you get cracking, you start doing something immediately and quickly. I realised that if we got cracking, we could make the last 700 miles to St Lucia within our deadline. I promised to get cracking on the deal.
See also: cracking, get