Idioms, Cliches, and Slang

What does when or where the rubber meets the road mean?


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This idiom originated from racing - when the rubber hits the road is when the automobile starts moving forward.

It means: "when you get to the action", or "when you get busy", "when it gets serious", or it might mean something like "the last word or final outcome of something"... something along those lines, depending on context.