bride's nightie


bride's nightie
: be off like a bride's nightie Depart quickly, move with a sudden burst of speed. It is likely that this expression was first used in horseracing to refer to a horse that moved very quickly out of the starting gates. The phrase plays on two different meanings of the verb 'be off': 'be removed' and 'move quickly'-'they took one look at dad's face and were off like a bride's nightie'.

Australian idioms. 2014.

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