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get off the mark

To earn points for the first time in a game or competition. This team's offense will overwhelm us if we don't get off the mark early.
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get off the mark

BRITISH
In a sporting contest, when someone gets off the mark, they score or win for the first time. The goal was Atkinson's second of the season, having got off the mark against Ipswich Town on Saturday. Note: The `mark' in this expression is the line which runners stand behind at the start of a race.
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get off the mark

get started.
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get off the ˈmark

start scoring, especially in cricket: Stewart got off the mark with a four.
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Jumeirah Scarer can gain reward for his consistency by finally getting off the mark in the Dutton Gregory Handicap.
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KALAM DALEEL showed more than enough on his debut to suggest he is capable of getting off the mark in the Hardings Bar & Catering Services Median Auction Maiden Stakes at Brighton tomorrow.
25), bred to win a Derby, can justify the decision to keep him in training by getting off the mark at Great Leighs today.
An injury problem hindered him last season but he looks a better proposition now, getting off the mark with his first win over fences at Carlisle a month ago in good style.
Mariotto is unlikely to be much of a price in the European Breeders Fund Maiden Stakes at Sandown tomorrow but he looks to hold sound prospects of getting off the mark.
Genari showed good speed that day despite being sired by Derby winner Generous, and he can again put his toe to good use by landing the Eddie Reavey Maiden Auction Stakes Jumeirah Scarer can gain reward for his consistency by finally getting off the mark in the Dutton Gregory Handicap.
Law faced 16 balls from Irani before finally getting off the mark.
He reappeared on this course a month later and wasted no more time in getting off the mark although he did have to battle to defeat Strength `n Honour by a head over an extended mile.
Devon View was getting off the mark at the third attempt in most convincing fashion.
The five-year-old needed just four runs before getting off the mark at Worcester in July and promptly reeled off a hat-trick with further wins at Newton Abbot and Worcester.
New Town signing Nigel Jemson will be looking to shine in this first-round first-leg clash by getting off the mark against the club where he started his career.