(The). The hare has started; the enterprise has begun.
I see you stand like greyhounds in the slips,
Straining upon the start.
The game's afoot!
Follow your spirit!
And upon this charge
Cry `God for Harry! England! and St. George.'
Shakespeare: Henry V., iii. 1.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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