get off the ground

Definition of get off the ground

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

Word by Word Definitions

get play
  1. : to gain possession of

  2. : to receive as a return : earn

  3. : to obtain by concession or entreaty

  1. : something begotten:

  2. : offspring

  3. : the entire progeny of a male animal

  1. : a document of release from obligation in Jewish law

  2. : a religious divorce by Jewish law

off play
  1. : from a place or position

  2. : at a distance in space or time

  3. : from a course : aside

  1. used as a function word to indicate physical separation or distance from a position of rest, attachment, or union

  2. : to seaward of

  3. : from the possession or charge of

  1. : seaward

  2. : right

  3. : more removed or distant

  1. : to go away : depart

  2. : kill, murder

  1. : competition : contest

ground play
  1. : the bottom of a body of water

  2. : sediment

  3. : ground coffee beans after brewing

  1. : to bring to or place on the ground

  2. : to cause to run aground

  3. : to provide a reason or justification for

  1. : past tense and past participle of grind


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