hit the pavement


US, informal
: to go out in search of something or for a specific purpose
I grabbed the classifieds and hit the pavement, looking for a new job.

Examples of hit the pavement in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web My head and knee hit the pavement, but absolutely no damage to my bike. John Surico, Curbed, 16 Oct. 2023 Other dealers hit the pavement for months in order to find that elusive mix of good bones, good vibes and a good price. Julia Halperin, New York Times, 27 Sep. 2023 Following the vote, Louisville's Ford workers hit the pavement outside the union halls, hosting two practice pickets on Thursday and Friday. Olivia Evans, The Courier-Journal, 30 Aug. 2023 For a few days, Truelove hit the pavement in Silicon Valley and San Francisco in hopes of meeting like-minded people and pitching potential investors. Connor Sheets, Los Angeles Times, 23 July 2023 At one point, the man threw Wright to the ground, officials said, causing his head to hit the pavement. Kyle Melnick, Washington Post, 21 July 2023 In the late ’80s and early ’90s Parker hit the pavement. Helena Andrews-Dyer, Washington Post, 23 June 2023 And all any artist worth their salt can do is pop in Air Pods, hit the pavement and wait for a deal that gives a chance for a place in the future. Anonymous, The Hollywood Reporter, 20 June 2023 As the sunlight began to creep over the pagoda and cast its warm glow on the yard of bricks, Kanaan along with a handful of other drivers, teammates and track personnel hit the pavement on two wheels, riding the two-and-a-half mile track on their bicycles ahead of the day's practice. Grace Hollars, The Indianapolis Star, 25 May 2023 See More

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“Hit the pavement.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hit%20the%20pavement. Accessed 10 Dec. 2023.

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