Get nowhere



Also, not get anywhere. Make no progress, as in I’ve tried to put this together, but I’m getting nowhere with it. This expression is sometimes intensified as get nowhere fast, as in I tried phoning but got nowhere fast. [ Early 1900s ]
Also see: get there

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  • Get off scot-free

    see: get off , def. 4.

  • Get nowhere fast

    verb phrase To make no progress whatever; be stuck: He was getting nowhere fast and was more depressed (1920s+)



  • Get off the block

    verb phrase To start, esp to start quickly: My game plan was to get off the block first and stay out there [1980s+; fr the starting blocks used by runners for initial impetus]

  • Get off the dime

    verb phrase To start; stop wasting time; get off the block: How do we get off the dime we’re on?/ with word from the Mayor to get off the dime [1925+; alteration of the expression stop on a dime, used to praise the brakes of a car] Take action, especially following a time of indecision […]



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