Sports idioms originate from a specific sport such as basquetball, sailing or tennis. Over time these phrases have become part of everyday language. Their meanings may be a little different or not so literal but they still carry the original general idea.
Front runner: (from track & field) someone among those expected to win.
Get into the full swing: (from tennis) doing something with ease after some time of practice.
Get a second wind: (from sailing ) have a burst of energy after feeling tired.
Give it your best shot : (from shooting) try your hardest.
Go overboard: (from sailing) do or say more than you need to.
Hit someone below the belt: (from boxing/ martial arts) do something unfair to someone.
Jump the gun: (from track & field) start too early.
Keep one's head above water: (from swimming) try not to fall behind in work or other duties.
Keep you eye on the ball : (from baseball) be alert to events and situations around you.
Kick off: ( from soccer ) start something.
Make a splash: (from swimming) get noticed for a remarkable action or success.
Skate on thin ice: (from skating) do something risky, take a chance.
The ball is in your court: (from tennis) it’s your turn or responsibility to take action.
Throw in the towel : (from boxing) give up, abandon.
To be down to the wire: (from horse riding) be right at the end.
Touch base with someone: (from baseball) be in contact, communicate with.
Use one of the idioms above to complete the sentences. Use one each time only!
- Please can everyone be seated so we can ....the launching of the campaign.
- You can't believe everything he says. He tends to... sometimes.
- Give it your ... and you may just make it to the final round.
- I guess I ... by saying I was being promoted. They chose someone else.
- She was exhausted after working for 12 hours on the campaign, but she got ... after lunch.
- It's coming .... to get these documents sent on time.
- You're ... by not saving part of your income now.
- We are so busy during the high season I can barely ...
- If they don't accept our offer this time we are going to ... and look for something else.
- I think I’m a ...for the manager position.
- It will probably take some time at my new job before I ... of things.
- When you arrive in New York, remember to ... us. We’ll be waiting for your call.
- It’s not up to me anymore. I’ve done my part, now ...
- Down to the last days before we finish the deal. Please, ... and focus more than ever.
- I never though we could ... with this ad campaign but it seemed everybody loved it.
- It was ...when she used her best friend's weakness to get the job.