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 or delay. For example, It’s time this administration got off the dime and came up with a viable budget. This expression originated in the 1920s in dance-halls as an imperative for dancers to get moving. By 1926 it had been extended to other activities.
- Get off the ground
verb phrase To succeed, esp to do so initially: Those projects misfired or didn’t get off the ground at all [1940s+; fr the takeoff of a plane] Make a start, get underway, as in Because of legal difficulties, the construction project never got off the ground. This expression, alluding to flight, dates from the mid-1900s. […]
- Get one down
see: get down , def. 4.
- Get off the hook
see: off the hook
- Get on someone
verb phrase To deride; harass; hassle, rag: It helps them stay cool when their boss gets on them (1940s+)