get off the dime

Take action, especially following a time of indecision or delay. For example, It's time this administration got off the dime and came up with a viable budget. This expression originated in the 1920s in dance-halls as an imperative for dancers to get moving. By 1926 it had been extended to other activities.


Nearby words

  1. get off on the wrong foot,
  2. get off one's chest,
  3. get off one's tail,
  4. get off scot-free,
  5. get off someone's back,
  6. get off the ground,
  7. get off the hook,
  8. get on,
  9. get on someone's good side,
  10. get on someone's nerves

The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.