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    What does it mean "get off to a start". Typical examples:"the game got off to a lively start" or "somebody got its campaign off to a flying start". Thank you

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    It just means that it has started well.

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    Thank you

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    I think it means he has got good start but not good end,like he has started an activity very strongly but not able to get good result.

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    This reminds me of an episode of I Love Lucy. Lucy had hired an English tutor to teach her, her husband and the Mertzes perfect English. One of them happened to say "OK" to the tutor, and he recoiled and announced that they must all rid their speech of slang. He added, "There are two words you must never use. One of them is 'swell' and the other is 'lousy.'" The pupils didn't quite catch his meaning, and Fred Mertz said, "Well give us the lousy one first." Moments later, Lucy accidentally uttered "OK" and then quickly corrected herself: "Oh, I would say 'OK' - that's a swell way to get off to a lousy start."

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