Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

(get) off to a (great/flying) start

get off to a great startget off to a flying startoff to a great startoff to a flying start
1) begin something extremely well
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    • get off to a flying start in your new job
  • Analysis

    Someone or something which 'gets off to a flying start' or which 'gets off to a great start' might begin with an initial advantage or begin from a good or strong position. When you 'get off to a good start' you begin well or have a lot of success from the outset. This expression is similar in meaning to 'get off on the right foot'.

  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. In the big match, the team got off to a flying start, taking the lead after just 5 minutes.
    2. Frank and Emma are hoping that their honeymoon in the Bahamas will get their marriage off to a great start.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. I hear that David has gotten off to a flying start in his new job. He's already won employee of the month!
    2. Mary got off to a great start with her new class, but as the weeks went on, their behaviour worsened and soon teaching them became quite difficult.
    3. With bad reviews and poor sales, the newly rolled out product was not exactly off to a flying start.
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