(entered for 01.25.06)
Meaning: to get busy on something. Idiom.
Rewrite 1: leave treadn6 marks on the pavement
Rewrite 2: make smoke on the track
Rewrite 3: light a fire under the skillet
Rewrite 4: whip some air into the soufflé
Comment: Although this cliché is often used to describe effort in finding employment, it can also mean getting busy. It’s easy to get sidetracked in this one to connote energy rather than action.
More reading about clichés
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