get off the dime

get off the dime

Sl. to start moving; to get out of a stopped position. Why don't you get off the dime and complete some of these projects that you started? As soon as the board of directors gets off the dime on this proposal, we will have some action.
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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.
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get off the dime

in. [for something or someone] to start moving. (To get off the dime that one stopped on in stop on a dime.) If this project gets off the dime, we’ll be okay.
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get off the dime

To move or to stop wasting time. Back in the 1920s and '30s, taxi dancers were female dance hall employees whose livelihood was dancing with any men who paid for the opportunity. The usual fee was ten cents, but that's not what “dime” in “get off the dime” meant. Dancing with man after man for hours on end was tiring business, and the women often draped themselves over their partners and moved their feet as little as possible, no more than the width of a dime. Although the men didn't object, dance hall managers did. That sort of mobility might lead to hankypanky that would invite attention from the police and other enforcers of public morality. “Get off the dime” was the order, whereupon the women were then obliged to take more energetic dance steps.
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If the MTA doesn't get off the dime and doesn't get some of the subcontracting and regressive bargaining off the table, in seven days there will be a strike here the likes of which the MTA has never seen before.
When my Dad used to say, ``You better get off the dime,'' though I had no idea how I got on the dime, I'd do what needed doing until I was off.
Get off the dime, Caltrans, and realize that this is a problem that can be fixed.
We need to get off the dime and do something to help these people.
House Speaker Newt Gingrich argues that such drastic tactics are necessary to force Congress to get off the dime and make tough decisions.
If this government of ours doesn't hurry up and get off the dime soon, we're going to miss the chance to make one hell of a man a U.