get one's ass in gear


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get one's ass in gear (third-person singular simple present gets one's ass in gear, present participle getting one's ass in gear, simple past got one's ass in gear, past participle gotten one's ass in gear)

  1. (US, idiomatic) To exert effective effort; to get going; to get moving; to start producing.
    He had been sitting there for two hours until the boss showed up and told him to get his ass in gear.

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  • "Ass" is sometimes used to denote self in idioms and expressions, as in "get your ass up", "get your ass out of here."


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