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off the (starting) blocks

Immediately; at or from the very starting position. Starting blocks are where runners are positioned at the beginning of a race. Off the blocks, the company's latest video game console has proven wildly popular. We're aiming to be the first one off the starting blocks with mixed-reality technology. I was a bit slow off the blocks to decide on what I wanted to study in college, but by my second year I felt really confident in my degree.
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off the blocks

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out of the blocks

If someone is quick or slow off the blocks or out of the blocks, they are quick or slow to do something, and if they are first or last off the blocks, they are first or last to do something. Note: These expressions come from athletics, where sprinters (= runners of fast, short races) put their feet against pieces of equipment called starting blocks to help them start quickly when the race begins. Both newspapers were quick off the blocks to put the minister's remarks on their front page. The Liberal Democrats were first off the blocks with their manifesto on Monday. Note: You can also say off the starting blocks instead of off the blocks. Buyers who were a little slow off the starting blocks to bid for the property now have another chance. Note: You can also say something gets off the blocks, meaning that something starts, especially despite difficulties. That should be an interesting project, if it ever gets off the blocks.
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This is our first year of fundraising and we are hoping the Chronicle Wish campaign will get us off the starting blocks.
Otherwise they're never going to get off the starting blocks of life.
Following a winter fit-out, the trailer is officially out of the stable, off the starting blocks and on the road.
Philippine athletics will explode off the starting blocks in 2017.
And the latest off the starting blocks - the company's large luxury S90 saloon and V90 estate - arrive in Britain just in time to wear the new September registration plate.
Instead he showed how late off the starting blocks he is.
THE year has barely got off the starting blocks but it's already shaping up to be quite a 2015 for James Corden.
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As per Vodafone's chief executive Russell Stanners, 'It's good to see Chorus off the starting blocks with these updates to services, and it's about time.
GETTING a new racing club off the starting blocks is no easy assignment these days, but stud owner Tim Bostwick is definitely up for the challenge.
A NEW book about the life of Valleys running legend Griffith Morgan, better known as Guto Nythbran, is to fly off the starting blocks this week.
But everyone will be looking to get off the starting blocks sharply to gain momentum for the rest of the season.
After choosing to bat, on a beautiful surface, they stuttered off the starting blocks.
Hughes' Hoops never got off the starting blocks as Kean's battlers hustled and hassled, and took advantage of their opportunities.