Hit the ground running



verb phrase

To make a quick and eager start; not waste time: Boot camp legislation hits the ground running/ The new Administration should hit the ground running (1950s+ Marine Corps)
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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