hit (one's) straps

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hit (one's) straps

1. To start traveling at a consistent pace; to hit one's stride. We started out slow but then hit our straps as we continued through the park.
2. To become proficient in a particular area. Once you hit your straps at your new job, I'm sure your boss will be very impressed with you.
See also: hit, strap
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hit your straps

begin to perform as well as you can; hit your stride.
The expression, which is used mainly in sporting contexts, originated in Australian English. It may have originated in the idea of looking for the straps of one's swag pack, interpreted metaphorically as seeking a new job.
1992 Daily Telegraph A number of our players have not hit their straps for whatever reason, but they know that if they don't do it shortly, they'll no longer be part of the team.
See also: hit, strap
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It has taken time for Harry Kane to hit the heights of last term, but the Tottenham marksman has firmly hit his straps with seven goals in his last four Premier League games.
While an average of over 80 in eight ODIs is highly flattering for a man with a top score of 79 not out, Root has hit his straps in the LV= County Championship with a match-winning innings of 182 against Durham followed up by his big knock this week.
Kallis also has not quite hit his straps and the solidity that he gives, and the confidence that he generates in his partner is missing because of his short stays at the crease.
It should also provide strong encouragement for Starc, who is only now starting to hit his straps after two side strains last summer.
The Flat really comes to the fore in the Group 2 bet365 Mile (3.45), and the in-form CITYSCAPE, who really hit his straps with victories at Haydock (Listed) and Newmarket (Group 3) last year, is fancied to get the better of a small but select gathering.
"Added to that our 'pro' Stuart Pattison is starting to hit his straps, and with these three on song we feel as though we can cause problems to most teams.' There is little doubt about tomorrow's match of the day with leaders Bill Quay entertaining second-placed Seaham Harbour, with just four points separating the sides before the start of play.
But he didn't hit his straps in the first couple of games and has just drifted off.
Cornwall-based Rhys Enoch is the latest Welshman to hit his straps in a major event bringing the form showed studying at East Tennessee State University back over the Atlantic for a third-placed finish at last weekend's prestigious St Andrews Links Trophy.
"We all feel this could be a really big tour for him and, looking forward to the Ashes, if he can hit his straps on this tour, we're in a good position."
Davis went 1-0 and 2-1 ahead before Bates hit his straps to win six of the last eight legs to progress.
Many expected Peter Chapple-Hyam's colt to hold his own against the best speedsters around this season, but the son of Elnadim has failed to hit his straps thus far.
Joe Fanning's mount has really hit his straps on his last two starts, following a second at Epsom by going one better in style on the Westwood.
HUDDERSFIELD'S Tom Sykes insists he won't be pushing the panic button despite failing to hit his straps during round one of the World Superbike season.
The injury trouble has not completely cleared but is well on its way to being resolved, and Thunder head coach Woods said that after a punishing pre-season Tabua is ready to hit his straps.
"He is disappointed because he found good rhythm, he started to hit his straps a little bit and enjoy himself," added Moores.