get (something) off the ground

get off the ground

1. Literally, of an aircraft, to lift up off the ground and remain in flight. This beat-up old plane will never get off the ground!
2. To cause some kind of aircraft to lift up off the ground in sustained flight. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "get" and "off." If any pilot can get this seaplane off the ground, it's Samantha!
3. To get underway; to get to a point of stable or self-sufficient progress or development. 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.
4. To get something underway; to bring something to a point of stable or self-sufficient progress or development. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "get" and "off." It's just another side project that Tom never got off the ground. It took a huge financial investment to get their new company off the ground, but now it's raking in the cash.
See also: get, ground, off
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2022 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012
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