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get out while the getting is good

To depart, escape, or extricate oneself from some place or situation before conditions worsen or it becomes impossible, too problematic, or too dangerous to do so. With stock prices in the company threatening to plummet, we decided to get out while the getting is good. We heard that they'll be sealing the border soon, so we're getting out while the getting's good.
See also: get, good, out, while

get while the getting is good

To cease, end, or give up (doing) something before it becomes too difficult or the consequences become too severe. There are some reports that the market is about to take a dive, so I reckon we should get out while the getting is good. Listen, kid, there's no way you can win this fight, so why don't you get out while the getting is good?
See also: get, good, while

get (out) while the gettin(g)'s good

 and get (out) while the goin(g)'s good
to leave while it is still safe or possible to do so. I could tell that it was time for me to get while the gettin's good. I told her she should get out while the gain's good.
See also: get, gettin, good, while

get out while the getting is good

Leave while one can or has the chance to, as in He just had a good offer from a rival firm and decided to get out while the getting is good . This colloquial phrase uses get out in the sense of "escape" or "depart."
See also: get, good, out, while

get (out) while the gettin(g)’s good

and get (out) while the goin’s good
in. to leave while it is still safe or possible to do so. I can tell that it’s time for me to get while the gettin’s good. I think we should go. Let’s get while the going’s good.
See also: get, good, out, while

get out while the gettin’s good

verb
See also: get, good, out, while

get while the gettin’s good

verb
See also: get, good, while
References in classic literature ?
Then Counahan tuk the hog-yoke an' thrembled over it for a whoile, an' made out, betwix' that an' the chart an' the singin' in his head, that they was to the south'ard o' Sable Island, gettin' along glorious, but speakin' nothin'.
"They hauled ut up, bein' just about in that state when ut seemed right an' reasonable, and sat down on the deck countin' the knots, an' gettin' her snarled up hijjus.
Baynes was gettin' away from the lion as fast as he could, leavin' the girl to take care of herself, when I got a lucky shot into the beast's shoulder that fixed him."
"If I was you," said Hanson, "I wouldn't let any man keep me from gettin' the girl I want.
Sure, when we sing together I'm absorbin' religion an' gettin' pretty close up to God.
"And you--you ain't never fed 'm after them first days of gettin' acquainted.
For I'm gettin' so full o' money, I must hev a wife to spend it for me.
Lors!" added Bob, laying down his pack on the gravel, "it's a thousand pities such a lady as you shouldn't deal with a packman, i' stead o' goin' into these newfangled shops, where there's half-a-dozen fine gents wi' their chins propped up wi' a stiff stock, a-looking like bottles wi' ornamental stoppers, an' all got to get their dinner out of a bit o' calico; it stan's to reason you must pay three times the price you pay a packman, as is the nat'ral way o' gettin' goods,--an' pays no rent, an' isn't forced to throttle himself till the lies are squeezed out on him, whether he will or no.
'spectable folks enough in a kinder plain way; but, as to gettin' up anything in style, they don't begin to have a notion on 't.
But what do you do gettin' out o' the highroad?" he added, with a tone of gruff reproof.
Just as 'twas gettin' serious, and the old boy and the mob was going to pull 'em off the coach, one little fellow jumps up and says, 'Here--I'll stay.
What's the matter with you an' me gettin' married?"
"I heard what you said about gettin' the gold," went on the officer.
"Now you've had all you can stan' to-night, poor little soul, without gettin' a fit o' sickness; an' Mirandy'll be sore an' cross an' in no condition for argyment; so my plan is jest this: to drive you over to the brick house in my top buggy; to have you set back in the corner, an' I git out an' go to the side door; an' when I git your aunt Mirandy 'n' aunt Jane out int' the shed to plan for a load o' wood I'm goin' to have hauled there this week, you'll slip out o' the buggy and go upstairs to bed.
Why, you was gettin' quite a leadin' man in this here crew.