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get off the mark

To earn points for the first time in a game or competition. Primarily heard in UK. 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.
See also: get, mark, off