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hit the ground running

Definition of hit the ground running

  1. :  to begin an effort or activity in a quick, energetic, and effective way <The new administration hit the ground running after the inauguration.>



Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  to reach with or as if with a blow

    :  to come in contact with

    :  to strike (as a ball) with an object (as a bat, club, or racket) so as to impart or redirect motion

  1. :  an act or instance of hitting or being hit

    :  a stroke of luck

    :  a great success

groundplay
  1. :  the bottom of a body of water

    :  sediment

    :  ground coffee beans after brewing

  1. :  to bring to or place on the ground

    :  to cause to run aground

    :  to provide a reason or justification for

  1. : past and past participle of grind

running
  1. :  the action of running

    :  race

    :  physical condition for running

  1. :  cursive, flowing

    :  fluid, runny

    :  incessant, continuous

  1. :  in succession :  consecutively


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