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Off to the races

Posted by Lewis on October 18, 2004

In Reply to: Off to the races posted by Maurice Despentes on October 18, 2004

: Can anybody tell me the meaning of the following phrase "off to the races" ? Does it mean "escalation" ? "competition" ?

: Many thanks,

: Maurice

usually just means 'elsewhere' or in a dream world. however somebody not being 'at the races' [today] is a way of saying that they were without a chance - just not there - missing in action - having a bad day at the office - that kind of thing.