hit the ground running


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hit the ground running

To begin something energetically and successfully. I'm confident that our new CEO will just hit the ground running once she starts here.
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hit the ground running

Fig. to start the day very energetically. A decade ago I had a lot more energy. I would wake up, hit the ground running, and never stop until I went to bed again.
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hit the ground running

Seize an opportunity; begin at full speed. For example, As soon as the front office gave its approval for the new department, we hit the ground running . The origin of this term is disputed. It may come from troops dropped into a combat zone, from stowaways jumping off a freight train as it nears the station, or from Pony Express riders avoiding delay when they changed mounts.
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hit the ground running

If you hit the ground running, you start a new activity with great energy and enthusiasm, working effectively from the beginning. We need someone who is fully trained and can hit the ground running. She's in excellent shape and in good spirits. She'll hit the ground running when she gets back. Note: The image here may be of soldiers landing by parachute or helicopter in a battle area and moving off quickly as soon as they reach the ground.
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hit the ground running

start something and proceed at a fast pace with enthusiasm. informal
1997 Independent Some targets move too fast, even for a government that makes it clear it has hit the ground running.
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ˌhit the ground ˈrunning

(informal) start doing something and continue very quickly and successfully: What we need for this project is someone who will hit the ground running.This idiom possibly refers to soldiers who are expected to land from parachutes or from helicopters and get straight into action.
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hit the ground running

Informal
To begin a venture with great energy, involvement, and competence.
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hit the ground running, to

To seize an opportunity at the earliest possible moment. This expression, which is undoubtedly American and became a cliché in the late 1970s, is of disputed origin. According to New York Times columnist William Safire, some believe it originated in one of several arenas of World War II—as an instruction given to paratroopers (as to what to do when they land), or to soldiers dropped into a combat zone by helicopter, or to naval personnel landing on a beach. Another authority maintains that it comes from hoboes or other stowaways jumping off a freight train as it nears a station in order to escape capture. Still another theory traces the term to horseback riders, first in the Pony Express, when they “hit the ground running” so as to avoid delays when changing mounts, and later in rodeos, when they got up and away quickly after being thrown from a horse that might try to stomp them on the ground.
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They need to hit the ground running, otherwise it could be a real grind.
NEW France boss Jacques Brunel is emphasising the need for Les Bleus to hit the ground running against Ireland on February 3.
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THERESA MAY insists she has created a "bold" Cabinet that has hit the ground running.
"I'm hoping to start running this week then do a full pre-season so I can hit the ground running when the campaign starts."
THE Giants have to hit the ground running for the start of the 2015 Super League season.
Locke said: "You have to be ready to hit the ground running and hopefully we can sit down with these players and get all their futures sorted out soon."
He said: "It's always nice to hit the ground running but no-one is getting carried away.
Summary: Rafael Nadal says his passion for tennis is back as he attempts to hit the ground running when the 2012 Australian Open begins on Monday.
"We need to hit the ground running," Strauss urged yesterday, showing complete disregard for the traditions of English cricket.
Speaking to members of his executive staff on the South Lawn of the White House, Mr Bush said: "All of us must ensure that the next president and his team can hit the ground running."
DAILY STAR: "Boro are usually easy meat in the league after returning from the Continent but they hit the ground running. Boateng silenced the taunts with his inspirational display while Yakubu disproved fears he will be an expensive flop."
John Coogan Founder of the Gotham City Short Film Festival, said "It was essential for us to hit the ground running and virtually within a day of moving to 440 Ninth Avenue, we were operational.