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Difference between Get a move on and Get on the move

get a move on—(often imper.)

1. hasten one’s steps; hurry up:

  • As he slowed down, she added sharply, “Nay, get a move on, will you!”

2. start acting vigorously:

  • I really just hadn’t packed things away very well, so I got a move on and got the room in decent order.

Note: The expression does not correlate in meaning with the phrase move on

1. go further; change to smth. new:

  • I think we’ve talked enough about that subject; let’s move on.

2. a policeman’s order not to stand in one place:

  • Occasionally, police ordered them to move on under the city’s anti-panhandling ordinance.

3. leave one’s home and move to another place:

  • I was employed in Menlo Park, just down the peninsula from San Francisco. After a few years, I moved on while Reggie stayed.

get on the move —(also: get moving ) begin to travel:

  • In the morning we got on the move again, this time for Southampton.