Idioms

Origin of move

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

Related forms

coun·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.
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British Dictionary definitions for on the move

move

/ (muːv) /

verb

noun

Word Origin for move

C13: from Anglo-French mover, from Latin movēre
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Idioms and Phrases with on the move (1 of 2)

on the move


1

Busily moving about, very active, as in A nurse is on the move all day long. [Mid-1800s] Also see on the go.

2

Going from one place to another, traveling, as in Our troops are on the move again, or Ruth and Dick are always on the move, never staying put for more than a month or two. [Late 1700s]

3

Making progress, advancing, as in Their technology is clearly on the move.

Idioms and Phrases with on the move (2 of 2)

move


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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