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Off to the races

Posted by ESC on October 18, 2004

In Reply to: Off to the races posted by Lewis 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.

I'm from the U.S. My understanding of the phrase is that it is the same as "here we go."

off to the races -- moving quickly ahead, off to a good start. When we get our business loan, we'll be off to the races. Accessed October 18, 2004. Wayne Magnuson, English Idioms Sayings and Slang.