hit the pavement

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hit the pavement (third-person singular simple present hits the pavement, present participle hitting the pavement, simple past and past participle hit the pavement)

  1. (idiomatic) To travel on foot, as on a sidewalk.
    • 2007, Ceri Au, "Fighting for the Right to Flush," Time, 31 July:
      But getting people to hit the pavement is more than just a health concern. . . . [M]unicipalities are looking to combat inner-city decay by keeping the streets flush with pedestrians.
  2. (idiomatic) To travel or begin to move in an automobile or other road vehicle.
    • 1925, "Automotive Section: "Hitting it up" (advertisement)," Ottawa Citizen, 4 July (retrieved 28 Sep 2010):
      "And when we hit the pavement, we found we had covered the last 54 miles in an hour and twenty minutes."