c Idioms

IDIOM ►
Meaning 1
to call a card of the spade suit a spade
Sentence 1
This idiom, derived from cards, is not used in card playing.
Meaning 2
to speak directly and frankly about something or someone
Sentence 2
Let's call a spade a spade and stop avoiding the issue. We don't have the money in the budget to buy that new car.
IDIOM ►
Meaning 1
to order dogs away from the chase
Sentence 1
Call off the dogs. They have found the fox.
Meaning 2
to stop pursuing something
Sentence 2
Call off the dogs. I don't want dectectives on that case any more.
IDIOM ►
Meaning 1
to carry the ball in football
Sentence 1
The tailback carried the ball.
Meaning 2
to be responsible for a project, a business deal
Sentence 2
Will you carry the ball this time? Fumi did it last time.
IDIOM ►
Meaning 1
catching the curl: to catch a wave at the right moment, to ride it when the wave is cresting.
Sentence 1
"Totally Ripping: Catching the Curl at Surfing," NY Times 5/23/2003)
Meaning 2
to do something at just the right moment
Sentence 2
Good timing. You caught the curl. I think your business idea will work. You found a niche in the market.

Derivation

There are many idioms with "hang" in them. To hang has many meanings, but in the following terms, to hang means to lean or be suspended. These terms are used in surfing and sailing and have become common in every day usage.

IDIOM ►
Meaning 1
the king in chess cannot move or he is captured and the game is won
Sentence 1
She won the game after checkmating her opponent's king.
Meaning 2
To put someone is a position where they must lose
Sentence 2
Kuwait was in a checkmate position when Iraq massed troops on her border.

Derivation

This term, used in the ancient game of chess, derives from the Arabic, "Shah mat!" ( The king is dead), then Spanish, "xaque mate", then French, "eschec mat", then early English, "chek mate".

IDIOM ►
Meaning 1
to bet by putting more chips into the "pot" or the betting pool
Sentence 1
She had a straight flush, so she chipped in twenty more dollars.
Meaning 2
to contribute some money to a cause or a business
Sentence 2
If we are going to expand this business, we need more capital. See if you can get another firm to chip in ten million.
IDIOM ►
Meaning 1
to take one's gambling chips to the teller for money
Sentence 1
I want to cash in my chips now, before I lose any more money.
Meaning 2
to sell something for a profit
Sentence 2
The stock market is too high. Let's sell our stocks and cash in our chips.