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    #1

    off to the races?

    Does " be off to the races" have a meaning like feel at ease?

    I was watching an old figure skating video, and announcers were talking like;
    "If he lands this opening triple axle combination, he will be off to the races."
    "He may be off to the races now."
    "The smile on his face says he is."

    I checked some dictionaries, but only definition I got was "in a hurry".
    It may be not "off to the races" because there aren't any written scripts, so I may hear it wrong.
    If so, what phrase do you suppose it is?


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    Re: off to the races?

    Quote Originally Posted by hellokitty
    Does " be off to the races" have a meaning like feel at ease?
    I was watching an old figure skating video, and announcers were talking like;
    "If he lands this opening triple axle combination, he will be off to the races."
    "He may be off to the races now."
    "The smile on his face says he is."
    I checked some dictionaries, but only definition I got was "in a hurry".
    It may be not "off to the races" because there aren't any written scripts, so I may hear it wrong.
    If so, what phrase do you suppose it is?
    Kitty
    hello Kitty
    i am not a native speaker, but here is "my take" on it :
    if the skater lands his triple axle, he will be "on a winner " / he will almost assured to win and therefore it is a bit like rushing to the races to place a bet we are convinced we will win ....
    "he may be off to the races now" : he may well have already won with what he has achieved so far
    "the smile on he face says he is " :the skater's smile gives the impression that he is confident he has secured a win

    hope it helps
    paul


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    #3

    Re: off to the races?

    Hi, I think it means he has made a good start and knows things are going well.

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    Re: off to the races?

    "Off to the races" in this case means he's had a good start, and he's on what looks like a winning streak.

    "Off to the races" is also a phrase sometimes used when embarking on an unknown journey; that is, something that has an uncertain result (although you certainly hope for the best). For example, someone about to attend an important business meeting might announce before he leaves his office, "Well, I'm off to the races, wish me luck!" Likewise, someone going to the doctor to get some test results might say to his spouse, "I'm off to the races, keep your fingers crossed!"

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    #5

    Re: off to the races?

    I think that in this case it means "going to the next (final? championship?) round of competition."

    "If we win both matches in the semi-final, we'll be off to the races."

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    #6

    Re: off to the races?

    Paul, tom slocombe, Ouish, and mykwyner, thank you all!!!
    With your help, now I've gotten the idea!

    Love you,
    Kitty

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