hit (one's) straps

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hit (one's) straps

1. To start traveling at a consistent pace. 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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They have yet to hit their straps under new boss Jair Ventura - appointed in January - and head into tonight's clash without a win in four outings.
The Kangaroos were largely unconvincing in the group stages but began to hit their straps with a 46-0 quarter-final win over Samoa in Darwin and followed that up with an even more impressive 54-6 rout of Fiji in the semi-final in Brisbane.
It was Thunder who were the first to hit their straps and did so nine minutes in with a nice passing move along the line which fed winger Ali Blair, who was able to arc around the final defender and score in the corner.
The home backline were now really starting to hit their straps and it wasn't long before they were over again for the bonus-point winning try, scored by lock Andrew Williams after he charged down a clearance kick and touched down.
Telford then hit their straps - two converted tries in 10 minutes giving them a four-point lead which crucially became five as the visitors scored a drop goal.
DARYL HORGAN admits Dundalk are yet to hit their straps despite getting their title defence off to a winning start last Friday.
Tougher tasks will await them in the knockout stages and the likes of Morgan, who himself goes into the tournament in poor form, believes if they hit their straps they can be a match for anybody.
Brazil failed to hit their straps and looked a pale imitation of the side that defeated Croatia 3-1 in the tournament opener, although Mexico goalkeeper Francisco Ochoa made a series of good saves to keep the hosts out in a fantastic individual performance.
Johannesburg, Oct 23 ( ANI ): The South African media has assured their country's fast bowlers not to fear about the prospect of toiling with minimal reward under the hot desert sun in Dubai in the second Test against Pakistan if they can hit their straps effectively and determinedly from the beginning.
By the end of the first day's racing in Nice, the Omani team had established a handsome ten point lead over their rivals but with another 25 races or so to go, they expect Alinghi to hit their straps.
It's taken them that amount of time to hit their straps as international players and that's what we have to do with our guys.
Indeed the scores were level at 9-9 at half-time and the Brit club's advantage was only one goal heading into the final 10-minute period but that's when the visitors hit their straps.
Along with defensive duo Jones and Smalling, and winger Ashley Young, Valencia is the latest player to join the Old Trafford treatment table and with the club struggling to hit their straps so far this season, his absence is a huge blow to United.
The bowlers hit their straps (in Dubai), and now it's up to the batters to back them up.