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get off the dime

To begin to act, often after a delay. The phrase comes from early 20th-century dance halls. The deadline to enroll is a week away, so you need to get off the dime and pick a college.
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get off the dime

Sl. to start moving; to get out of a stopped position. Why don't you get off the dime and complete some of these projects that you started? As soon as the board of directors gets off the dime on this proposal, we will have some action.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

get off the dime

Take action, especially following a time of indecision or delay. For example, It's time this administration got off the dime and came up with a viable budget. This expression originated in the 1920s in dance-halls as an imperative for dancers to get moving. By 1926 it had been extended to other activities.
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

get off the dime

be decisive and show initiative. US informal
2001 U.S. News & World Report Congress must get off the dime and redeem the commitments that President Bush made to New York City.
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Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

get off the dime

in. [for something or someone] to start moving. (To get off the dime that one stopped on in stop on a dime.) If this project gets off the dime, we’ll be okay.
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McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.

get off the dime

To move or to stop wasting time. Back in the 1920s and '30s, taxi dancers were female dance hall employees whose livelihood was dancing with any men who paid for the opportunity. The usual fee was ten cents, but that's not what “dime” in “get off the dime” meant. Dancing with man after man for hours on end was tiring business, and the women often draped themselves over their partners and moved their feet as little as possible, no more than the width of a dime. Although the men didn't object, dance hall managers did. That sort of mobility might lead to hankypanky that would invite attention from the police and other enforcers of public morality. “Get off the dime” was the order, whereupon the women were then obliged to take more energetic dance steps.
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Endangered Phrases by Steven D. Price Copyright © 2011 by Steven D. Price
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