d Idioms

IDIOM ►
Meaning 1
a horse which no one thinks will win but does
Sentence 1
The odds on the dark horse were ten to one, but he won.
Meaning 2
a person or company no one thinks will win but does.
Sentence 2
President Truman was the dark horse in the 1948 election.
IDIOM ►
Meaning 1
a hand in card playing; one round of playing in the card game
Sentence 1
Please finish the deal.
Meaning 2
a business transaction which is being negotiated or is finished; a bargain.
Sentence 2
Let's work together on that financial deal. It's a deal.
IDIOM ►
Meaning 1
to distribute the cards; the dealer hands out the cards to the players
Sentence 1
Please deal the cards.
Meaning 2
to have, to do, to have business relations; to behave
Sentence 2
He deals justly with his business clients. President Bush dealt the United Nations into his invasion.
IDIOM ►
Meaning 1
to throw overboard
Sentence 1
Let's deep-six the treasure chest.
Meaning 2
to throw something away
Sentence 2
Let's deep-six that chapter and write a new one.
IDIOM ►
Meaning 1
To play defensively: a team or person tries to keep the opposing team from scoring.
Sentence 1
The team was better at defensive play than offensive play.
Meaning 2
to be defensive on a business project, a political project, in one's personal life.
Sentence 2
We better play. defensively. Think of possible questions and have the answers ready.
IDIOM ►
Meaning 1
to be knocked down and be unable to get up before the referee counts to ten
Sentence 1
The fighter is down and out. The fight is over.
Meaning 2
to be in a bad situation and to need help
Sentence 2
The homeless are down and out.
IDIOM ►
Meaning 1
referred to the wire used to mark the end of a race; now the wires are electronic
Sentence 1
They were neck and neck down to the wire.
Meaning 2
the last few minutes before something must be accomplished
Sentence 2
I'll have to stay late tomorrow to get this finished. I'm down to the wire on the proposal.
IDIOM ►
Meaning 1
to move back behind the offensive line in order to pass or run around the end
Sentence 1
The quarterback dropped back and passed twenty-five yards for a first down.
Meaning 2
to go back
Sentence 2
She was shy and dropped back behind the crowd.
IDIOM ►
Meaning 1
to make an error, to drop a ball in sports
Sentence 1
Willie Mays, who played for the San Francisco Giants, rarely dropped a ball.
Meaning 2
to blunder, to fail in some way
Sentence 2
We sure dropped the ball that time. We forgot to update our information.
IDIOM ►
Meaning 1
This is usually a gambling term. Opponents can roll dice to win a place on a board game, such as Monopoly or Parchessi, or to win chips and/or money in, for instance, a game of craps.
Sentence 1
I rolled the dice and came up with a lucky seven.
Meaning 2
to take a chance
Sentence 2
I rolled the dice when I moved to Hollywood hoping to get into the movies.