Started and making good headway: by hitting one of his rare home runs, and I thought we were off and running
[1960s+ Horse racing; they’re off! to signal the start of a race is found by 1833]
Making a good start, progressing well, as in After the first episode the new soap opera was off and running. Originating in horse racing, as the traditional announcement at the beginning of a race (“They’re off and running”), this phrase began to be used more broadly in the second half of the 1900s.
- Off at the knees
Related Terms cut oneself off at the knees
- Off-balance sheet reserve
noun 1. (accounting) a sum of money or an asset that should appear on a company’s balance but does not; hidden reserve
[awf-beys, of-] /ˈɔfˈbeɪs, ˈɒf-/ adjective 1. located outside the perimeters of a military base: off-base housing for officers. adv. “unawares,” 1936, American English, from off (adv.) + base (n.); a figurative extension from baseball sense of “not in the right position” (1898), from notion of a baserunner being picked off while taking a lead.
[adjective awf-beet, of-; noun awf-beet, of-] /adjective ˈɔfˈbit, ˈɒf-; noun ˈɔfˌbit, ˈɒf-/ adjective 1. differing from the usual or expected; unconventional: an offbeat comedian. noun 2. Music. an unaccented of a measure. /ˈɒfˌbiːt/ noun 1. (music) any of the normally unaccented beats in a bar, such as the second and fourth beats in a bar […]