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Hit your straps

Posted by Smokey Stover on August 21, 2007

In Reply to: Hit your straps posted by Sameer on August 19, 2007

: What is the meaning of the idiom "hit your straps"? I have not been able to figure out the meaning of this idiom so could you help me out in this one.

It seems to be used most often in connection with southern hemisphere rugby. It may mean, as one glossarist avers, "Hit your straps; to do something quickly." It seems sometimes to be used as "hit your stride, get it together." I don't know what straps may be used in rugby, other than sock straps and jock straps. The term might be used more widely than I know, for instance, in northern hemisphere rugby, or possibly even in football (of the soccer variety).