Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

hit the ground running

hit the ground running
Meaning(s)
1) have a productive start/beginning
  • How to MemorizePopularity HighProfessional HighSocial
    • expected to hit the ground running
  • Analysis
    'To hit the ground running' is to begin something with enthusiasm and proceed with pace and energy. Usually if you 'hit the ground running' it means you got off to a good start or began the project well. You can hear this idiomatic expression used in professional and social contexts to talk about beginning something in the right way with a good attitude.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. We were given excellent training, so we were able to hit the ground running as soon as we were put on the production floor.
    2. Targets were relatively high for new employees, so everyone was expected to hit the ground running. There was no room for slackers!
  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. The team hit the ground running with two goals in the first 15 minutes.
    2. I wanted to hit the ground running in college so I started on the reading list over the summer.
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