get to first base

[get to first base] or [reach first base] {v. phr.} To make a goodstart; really begin; succeed,

Joe had a long paper to write forhistory class, but when the teacher asked for it, Joe hadn't got tofirst base yet.

Suppose Sam falls in love with Betty. Can he evenget to first base with her?

George wants to go to college andbecome a teacher, but I'll be surprised if he even reaches firstbase.

If you don't dress neatly, you won't get to first base whenyou look for a job.

Compare: FIRST BASE.