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Off and running

adjective phrase

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.


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