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+)
[jes-teyt] /ˈdʒɛs teɪt/ verb (used with object), gestated, gestating. 1. to carry in the womb during the period from conception to delivery. 2. to think of and develop (an idea, opinion, plan, etc.) slowly in the mind. verb (used without object), gestated, gestating. 3. to experience the process of gestating offspring. 4. to develop slowly. […]