Nearby words

  1. movable feast,
  2. movable joint,
  3. movable testis,
  4. movable type,
  5. movable-do system,
  6. move a muscle,
  7. move heaven and earth,
  8. move in,
  9. move on,
  10. move out


Origin of move

1200–50; Middle English meven, moven < Anglo-French moverLatin movēre

Related formscoun·ter·move, nouncoun·ter·move, verb, coun·ter·moved, coun·ter·mov·ing.out·move, verb (used with object), out·moved, out·mov·ing.un·moved, adjective

Synonym study

1. See advance. 22. See motion. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for get a move on


/ (muːv) /



Word Origin for move

C13: from Anglo-French mover, from Latin movēre

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Word Origin and History for get a move on
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with get a move on

get a move on

Also, get cracking or going or rolling. Hurry up; also, start working. For example, Get a move on, it's late, or Let's get cracking, kids, or It's time we got going, or The alarm went off ten minutes ago, so get rolling. The first colloquial expression dates from the late 1800s. The second term, also colloquial, employs the verb to crack in the sense of “travel with speed,” a usage dating from the early 1800s, but the idiom dates only from the first half of the 1900s. The third term dates from the late 1800s and also has other meanings; see get going. Get rolling alludes to setting wheels in motion and dates from the first half of the 1900s. Also see get busy; get on the stick.


In addition to the idioms beginning with move

  • move a muscle
  • move heaven and earth
  • move in
  • move on
  • move up

also see:

  • get a move on
  • on the move

Also see undermover.

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