Idiom: 'Move the chains'

What does 'Move the chains' mean?

Meaning:

Derived from the act of moving the chains in an American football game when a team gets a first down, this expression describes taking a project to the next step, especially one that has lost its momentum for one reason or another. Example: Frustrated with our lack of progress, our boss finally shouted, "Make a decision today about which one to use, and let's move the chains on this."

Contributor: Danny James

Country: American English American English | Subject Area: Sport | Usage Type: Both or All Words Used

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