In the sense of fitness or training for sports etc dates from the mid-19th century. See also Shape and Lick into shape.
Means to get into trouble or serious difficulty, dates in this figurative sense from the late 19th century and is of American origin. All the evidence...
British slang instructing someone to go away or go to hell dates from c. 1930. It took over from the earlier and now largely defunct get joined, which...
US slang for to have sex, probably deriving from lying down to do so, dates from the 1930s.
Originally an American English expression meaning to tell someone to go away, dates from the 1940s.
To start a relationship either propitiously or adversely, American expressions that date from the early 20th century and which derive from the militar...
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This expression dating from the 1930s is used innocently by all and sundry and means to annoy or irritate someone. What most people fail to realise is...
Get organised, originally an American expression deriving from show business dates from the 1950s.
Get moving; originally, an American expression dates from the 1960s based on the allusion of putting a motor car in gear and moving off.
To get irritated or annoyed, from the allusion to a cat arching its back in a confrontational attitude, dates from the late 19th century.