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

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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There have been some good performances but also times where we haven't hit our straps. We have seen our selection options restricted heavily by injuries and, as a result, had to change the way we have approached games.
What I watch There have been some good performances but also times where we haven't hit our straps. We have seen our selection options restricted by injuries.
He said: "It was good to finally hit our straps, but on the flip side, the last time against Hunslet we were very disappointing.
He's apparently reached his conclusions having seen us fail to hit our straps in the few games we've played this season and I have no intention of responding in detail to what he's written.
"We feel we're starting to hit our straps once again after a shaky start to the season and we now know what it's like to be around Super League at the business end of the year.
Irrespective what the line-up is, it's important we hit our straps and treat it like it's the World Cup.
"If we hit our straps against India we should get the result we're after.
"We certainly didn't hit our straps yesterday, whether it was nerves or not I don't know, but we were pretty disappointed with the way we started," said Anderson.
We hit our straps from ball one and it was a really classy performance," he said.
"But our preparation has been awesome, and we've really hit our straps nicely in this game."
We haven't hit our straps yet but when we do we'll be challenging.
The nature of T20 cricket means there will be inconsistencies but hopefully we can have plenty of days when we hit our straps over the next few weeks.
"When we have been good we have been really good, but we haven't hit our straps in other games.