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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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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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Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

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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American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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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