Cliche of the Week 40 – Hit the Ground Running

April 11, 2011 at 10:52 am 2 comments

(With thanks to Mark Hollands  for submitting this week’s journalistic cliche)

The ability to hit the ground running is prized above the measured lope of the distance jogger.

News reports sweat the phrase “hit the ground running” about 600 times a week to describe a burst of energy more associated with the dash of the sprinter.

“Newly-installed Central Coast Minister Chris Hartcher has hit the ground running with promises to get cracking . . .” (Central Coast Express, April 6)

“The hospital needs to move quickly to replace Young with an experienced leader who can hit the ground running.” (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, April 4)

“Burton (minister for social protection) will have to hit the ground running.” (The Sunday Times, March 27)

“Green groups have hit the ground running in their efforts to help Environment Minister Kate Jones win her battle against aspiring premier Campbell Newman.” (The Courier-Mail, March 30)

Basketball: “Mark Bernsen is praying UL Eagles can hit the ground running tonight after a 13-day break when they host Neptune in the SuperLeague semi-finals.” (The Sun, March 19)

Soccer: “Kris Commons last night declared Celtic would hit the ground running when the majority of their first team return to Glasgow after playing for their country.” (The Daily Express, March 29)

Cliche of the Week appears in the Media section  of The Australian newspaper Mondays.

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Phil Geisel  |  April 11, 2011 at 3:01 pm

    The worst misused phrase in North American media is “this begs the question”. “begs the question” is short for
    “beggars the question” and refers (only) to the fallacy of affirming the consequence.

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  • 2. Lesley Dewar  |  April 11, 2011 at 9:38 pm

    hmm – maybe I need to review how Mao Tse Tung came out of the wardrobe. I thought she hit the ground running. lol Actually, she did!
    The Getting of Mao Tse Tung

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