get off the mark

get off the mark

To earn points for the first time in a game or competition. This team's offense will overwhelm us if we don't get off the mark early.
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get off the mark

BRITISH
In a sporting contest, when someone gets off the mark, they score or win for the first time. The goal was Atkinson's second of the season, having got off the mark against Ipswich Town on Saturday. Note: The `mark' in this expression is the line which runners stand behind at the start of a race.
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get off the mark

get started.
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get off the ˈmark

start scoring, especially in cricket: Stewart got off the mark with a four.
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Has been lightly raced over hurdles, but has shown plenty of promise on both occasions and expected to get off the mark now dropped in grade.
Is fancied to get off the mark for the season following a decent effort last Saturday.
The striker missed a great chance to get off the mark for the season late in last weekend's defeat by Inverness.
The 18-year-old Burnley striker was delighted to get off the mark and he beamed: "I can't believe this, I'm over the moon.
40 Sedgefield)On a good mark and, with the step up to this trip expected to suit, is fancied to get off the mark for the season.