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get cracking

To get started; to get busy; to begin work

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  • from the Royal Air Force ca. 1925. i.e. to begin work; to get cracking, speed-wise; there are also origins from cracking the whip to rustle cattle where get cracking was to start moving the herd--literally cracking the whip.
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If I'm going to finish my homework by Thursday, I had better get cracking.

Submitted on September 01, 2009

Modified by TriplePurple on April 11, 2024

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