English Idiom – Get your skates on or Put your skates on.

Meaning –  Hurry up. This expression is used to tell someone to do something faster. This idiom is usually used as an order.

This idiom is common in the UK and Australia.

The word skates in this idiom likely refers to roller skates or ice skates. Imagine someone moving quickly wearing a pair of skates.

Here are some other expressions we can use to tell somebody to hurry up:

  • Chop chop (idiom) – Hurry up.
  • Get a move on (idiom) – This expression is an order and is often used in an impolite way. Get a move on or we’ll be late!”
  • Get a wriggle on (UK) or Get a wiggle on (US) (idiom) – Hurry up.
  • Make it snappy (idiom) – A British idiom that is used to tell someone that they should do something immediately. This expression is usually used in a humorous way. “Bring me a glass of water, and make it snappy!”
  • Shake a leg (idiom) – This is an old-fashioned British idiom. Shake a leg or we’ll miss the bus.”
  • Skedaddle (slang) – To leave a place quickly.


  • “Our flight leaves in 15 minutes. Get your skates on or we’ll miss it!”

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What is an idiom?

An idiom is a word or phrase that is not taken literally.  An idiom is an expression that cannot be understood from the meanings of its individual words, but has a separate meaning of its own.

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