d Idioms

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Meaning 1
The lower side or portion of something
Sentence 1
The coin flipped and landed on the downside revealing the heads side of the coin.
Meaning 2
the bad things about something
Sentence 2
The downside is the amount of money we'll need to loan.
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Meaning 1
to go around the end of the opponent's defensive line
Sentence 1
The half-back did an end run and scored a touchdown.
Meaning 2
to go around the usual line of authority; to go around an immediate supervisor
Sentence 2
The student did an end run and went directly to the principal of the school rather than to his teacher.
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Meaning 1
a line drawn which marks the end of a court of play
Sentence 1
Please draw the line in the sand for the beach ball game.
Meaning 2
to define a limit in anything
Sentence 2
I am going to draw the line about working more than forty hours a week.

Derivation

A form of tennis has been played by Englishmen at least since the time of Henry the Eighth of England in the sixteenth century. It probably came to court from France. In the early days lines were drawn to establish the boundaries of the court. By as early as the middle of the eighteenth century the idiom, "to draw a line" was used to mean establishing a limit for something. Also, this may have been derived from the lines drawn for the space between opposition parties in Parliament, so as to put an end to injuries from sword fights.