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What does this idiom mean: get cracking? Does it mean "hurry up"?



 
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What does this idiom mean: get cracking? Does it mean "hurry up"? #1 (permalink) Sun Mar 13, 2005 6:26 am   What does this idiom mean: get cracking? Does it mean "hurry up"?
 

Test No. incompl/advan-65 "What a Cracker", question 6

For goodness' sake hurry up because if we don't ......... cracking soon we'll miss the bus.

(a) find
(b) get
(c) use
(d) put

Test No. incompl/advan-65 "What a Cracker", answer 6

For goodness' sake hurry up because if we don't get cracking soon we'll miss the bus.

Correct answer: (b) get

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does this mean "to hurry"?
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Get cracking #2 (permalink) Sun Mar 13, 2005 23:42 pm   Get cracking
 

Yes, to get cracking means to start to be active or to hurry up.

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Get cracking #3 (permalink) Wed May 11, 2005 7:57 am   Get cracking
 

Torsten wrote:
Yes, to get cracking means to start to be active or to hurry up.

"Get cracking" is unusual for me in this sentence as I've thought it is rather an expression/imperative like "Fire away".
Can one take "get cracking" as well as "invitation" towards one's interlocutor to tell?
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Difference between get cracking and fire away #4 (permalink) Thu May 12, 2005 10:16 am   Difference between get cracking and fire away
 

Get cracking means hurry up while fire away is an invitation to start asking questions.

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