get off the ground


: to begin to operate or proceed in a successful way
The project never really got off the ground.
: to cause (something) to begin to operate or proceed in a successful way
We're still trying to get this project off the ground.

Examples of get off the ground in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Startups that could find enough to get off the ground — or just get through the downturn — were positioned to take off when the economy recovered, notably two of today’s biggest tech stars, Airbnb and Uber. Shirley Leung,, 12 May 2023 There is always a weight concern when trying to launch a spacecraft, as more weight is both more difficult and more expensive to get off the ground. Jackie Appel, Popular Mechanics, 5 May 2023 Portland Public Schools decided upon a different approach, which took 18 months to get off the ground and reaches only a small fraction of students. oregonlive, 26 Mar. 2023 As both producer and star of the biopic, based on the life of legendary Mexican painter Frida Kahlo, Hayek Pinault poured herself into all aspects of the production, which took nearly eight years to get off the ground. Sam Reed, Glamour, 8 Feb. 2023 How about the campaigns that inevitably take some time to get off the ground before seeing a return? Brian Burt, Forbes, 18 May 2022 Even a coronavirus testing program for those employees exempted from the president’s vaccine mandate won’t begin for another month, after a similar testing effort last summer failed to get off the ground. Lisa Rein, Ian Duncan and Alex Horton, Anchorage Daily News, 23 Jan. 2022 There are worries that the whole tax could even be found unconstitutional and never get off the ground. WSJ, 7 Dec. 2021 New projects have been slow to get off the ground since then, and the city has only become less affordable. Lauren Hepler, San Francisco Chronicle, 26 Oct. 2021

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“Get off the ground.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2024.

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