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get off on the right foot
To have a positive or favorable start. In an effort to get off on the right foot this semester, I've already begun to research for my thesis.
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Also, start off on the right foot. Make a good beginning, establish good relations, as in It's important to get off on the right foot in this new job. This usage, alluding to walking correctly, was first recorded in 1909; the antonym, get off on the wrong foot, as in I'm afraid we got off on the wrong foot with our daughter's in-laws, was first recorded in 1925.
get (or start) off on the right (or wrong) footmake a good (or bad) start at something, especially a task or relationship.
1998 Spectator This relationship got off on the wrong foot…when Mr Cook's scathing attack on the government over the arms-to-Iraq affair was felt to include some officials as well.