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get off the ground

1. Literally, to lift up off the ground. A noun or pronoun can be used between "get" and "off." This beat-up old plane will never get off the ground!
2. To get underway; to get to a point of stable or self-sufficient progress or development. A noun or pronoun can be used between "get" and "off." 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.
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get something off the ground

1. Lit. to get something into the air. I'll announce the weather to the passengers as soon as we get the plane off the ground. I hope they get this plane off the ground soon.
2. Fig. to get something started. (Alludes to an airplane beginning a flight.) When we get this event off the ground we can relax. It is my job to get the celebration plans off the ground.
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get off the ground

Make a start, get underway, as in Because of legal difficulties, the construction project never got off the ground. This expression, alluding to flight, dates from the mid-1900s. The similar-sounding get off to a flying start, meaning "make a successful start," alludes not to flight but to a quick start in a race, a usage from the late 1800s. For example, He's off to a flying start with his dissertation.
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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.
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get off the ground (or get something off the ground)

start (or cause to start) happening or functioning successfully.
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get (something) off the ˈground

(of a plan, project, etc.) start happening successfully; make something start happening successfully: By this time next year the new company should be just getting off the ground.We’re looking for a new manager to help get this project off the ground.
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New figures show the North will need to recruit 1,100 extra managers by 2008 to meet the expected demand for building work, but industry leaders fear the shortage will lead to construction projects not getting off the ground or being badly managed by people who are not qualified.
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As governments spend billions on national EMR programs that have difficulty getting off the ground, or that may not be ready for decades, we are taking the lead in providing technology to satisfy an increasing demand for medical information services, and provide them to consumers over the internet," added Mr.
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Coast FA General Secretary Trefor Lloyd Hughes said: ``Women's football is getting off the ground in these parts, with the introduction of the first women's cup competition right now,and the next step of having a league.
His kicking was way off target all match, the first attempt hardly getting off the ground.