hit the ground running


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hit the ground running

Fig. to start the day very energetically. A decade ago I had a lot more energy. I would wake up, hit the ground running, and never stop until I went to bed again.
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hit the ground running

to be ready to work immediately on a new activity His previous experience will allow him to hit the ground running when he takes over the Commerce Department.
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hit the ground running

  (mainly American)
to immediately work very hard and successfully at a new activity If elected, they promise to hit the ground running in their first few weeks of office.
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hit the ground running

Seize an opportunity; begin at full speed. For example, As soon as the front office gave its approval for the new department, we hit the ground running . The origin of this term is disputed. It may come from troops dropped into a combat zone, from stowaways jumping off a freight train as it nears the station, or from Pony Express riders avoiding delay when they changed mounts.
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hit the ground running

Informal
To begin a venture with great energy, involvement, and competence.
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When an incident does occur, they will certainly be able to hit the ground running.
With Packet Design's rapid expansion in international markets, we are pleased to have someone like Steve, whose strong background in network management allows him to hit the ground running.
Her background and experience are a perfect fit for her new position which should enable her to hit the ground running.
While David just recently joined the company he has already hit the ground running," said Cargo Connection Logistics Holding, Inc.
The Sprint Nextel teams of technicians and engineers hit the ground running as soon as the storm passed and have made tremendous strides in restoring service," remarked Charles Rehwinkel, state vice president, Florida for Sprint Nextel.
Having Tat and Jody already in place lets us hit the ground running, delivering the same great products and customer service in Augusta we've offered in Athens since 1929.
It is a testament to the effectiveness of our Arbor team when they can hit the ground running and immediately address the considerable needs of the evacuees.