Idioms about sport

Idioms about sport


beat someone at their own game
Meaning: to outdo someone using their own methods, tactics or specialty.

a lost ball in the weeds
Meaning: The phrase a lost ball in the weeds refers to a person who is completely lost or confused and does not know what they are doing, how to do it or possibly even where they are.

a whole new ball game
Meaning: a completely different situation.

as bald as a cue ball
Meaning: completely bald.

back in the game
Meaning: The phrase back in the game means resuming an action after an absence.

ball of fire
Meaning: a person who is especially hard-working, high-achieving, ambitious, or active.

ball someone or something up
Meaning: To make a mess of, destroy or ruin; to interfere with someone or something.; To roll something up into a ball.

ball-breaker
Meaning: This refers either to a job or situation that is demanding and arduous and punishing or to a demanding woman who destroys men’s confidence.

be new to the game
Meaning: The phrase to be new to the game is an idiomatic expression that refers to a lack of experience in a particular activity.

be on the ball
Meaning: to be well-informed and respond promptly.

beat a retreat
Meaning: to leave hastily in the face of opposition.

beat oneself up
Meaning: If you beat yourself up, you constantly criticize or question yourself, usually about something that you cannot change.

beats me
Meaning: I don’t know; I have no idea.

carry the ball
Meaning: to take charge and control of an activity and be considered reliable enough to do a job.

come down on somebody like a ton of bricks
Meaning: to hit or punish somebody.

come from behind
Meaning: to win after being in a losing position in a game.

come to blows
Meaning: to have fight or an argument with someone.

empty the tank
Meaning: The phrase empty the tank means to make the utmost effort; to contribute to the absolute limit of one’s energy and abilities.

fall at the final hurdle
Meaning: If you fall at the final hurdle, you fail to accomplish something near the end of your attempt.

fall at the first hurdle
Meaning: If you fall at the first hurdle, you fail to accomplish something at the very beginning of the attempt.

hop, skip, and a jump
Meaning: If a place is a hop, skip, and a jump, it is only a short distance away.

in a dead heat
Meaning: said when two or more competitors finish a race or a competition at exactly the same time or with exactly the same result.

it beats me
Meaning: used to suggest that you don’t understand something.

keep one’s eye on the ball
Meaning: to remain alert to the events occurring around oneself.

play ball
Meaning: to cooperate and agree to work with others.

play hardball with someone
Meaning: The phrase to play hardball with someone means to act rough and ruthless with someone.

run amok
Meaning: To behave in a frenzied and out-of-control manner.

run ragged
Meaning: If you are run ragged, you are completely tired of excessive effort or work.

set the ball rolling
Meaning: start something, especially a conversation or a social event.

swim against the tide
Meaning: The phrase swim against the tide means to do something that is in opposition to the prevailing opinion or tendency.

that beats everything
Meaning: expressions of surprise.

the ball is in someone’s court
Meaning: When the ball is in someone’s court they have to take action.

throw in the towel
Meaning: to admit defeat.

track record
Meaning: The phrase a track record is an idiomatic expression that refers to a person or organization’s past performance in any type of endeavor.

wait for the ball to drop
Meaning: To wait in expectation of an occurrence.

walk the talk
Meaning: To do what one said one could do, or would do, not just making empty promises.

weekend warrior
Meaning: A person who indulges in a sport or pastime on an infrequent basis, usually on weekends when work commitments are not present.

what beats me
Meaning: said when you do not understand a situation or someone’s behaviour.



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