Define “Hit the Ground Running”
Example of English Idiom; “To hit the ground running”
1. My day of work was very fun. I had no training so I had to hit the ground running. I had no problems and enjoyed it a lot!
2. When I was young I use to ride mountain bikes in my parents garden. This gave me an advantage at the motorcycle race today and I was able to hit the ground running.
3. We are looking for a new member of staff to join our team. We are very busy at the moment so we will need somebody that can hit the ground running.
Origins of Idiom “Hit the ground running”
“I turned to run and figured to a dot when he shot. As he cracked loose I jumped way up in the air and did a split, just like what these show gals does, only mine wasn’t on the ground by six foot. The bullet went under me. I knew he had five more cartridges, so I hit the ground running and squatted low down when his gun barked a second time.”
The Hayward Daily Review, October 1940: “It sometimes seems to me that the young idea nowadays wants to hit the ground running and to tell the old editors how to run things.”