f Idioms

IDIOM ►
Meaning 1
to fall into a pit dug for hunting game
Sentence 1
The tiger fell into a trap which had fresh meat in it.
Meaning 2
to be caught in a situation, to be trapped or ensnared
Sentence 2
I fell into a trap. I didn't read the contract carefully.
IDIOM ►
Meaning 1
Balls can be thrown as fast as ninety to a hundred miles an hour.
Sentence 1
The pitcher threw a fast ball and struck out the batter.
Meaning 2
to not understand a statement or fact; to lose an opportunity because an opponent or competitor is quicker.
Sentence 2
I'm sorry I didn't get the contract. Their team threw a fast ball. They talked to the other company first.
IDIOM ►
Meaning 1
A team makes a first down if it moves ten yards towards the opponents goal post. The team has four chances or downs to do this.
Sentence 1
The fullback made it look easy to get first downs for his team.
Meaning 2
to have accomplished an objective on the way to a goal
Sentence 2
We have a first down . Everyone work hard and maybe we'll get the contract. The surgeon said, " Frst down and ten to go . We got the tumor. Now we need some chemotherapy."
IDIOM ►
Meaning 1
When you stop fishing you cut off your bait.
Sentence 1
Keep on fishing or cut off your bait and go home.
Meaning 2
to decide whether to do something, usually a job, or let someone else do it
Sentence 2
If you don't want that job, fish and cut bait. Lois can do it.
IDIOM ►
Meaning 1
a foul ball is a ball hit by the batter outside the baseball line of play
Sentence 1
The first ball hit by the batter was a foul ball and declared a strike by the umpire. Fouls count as strikes except for the third foul.
Meaning 2
a foul ball is generally ineffective; it is out of the field of play and is not relevant to the mission.
Sentence 2
He hit a foul ball. His comment was not effective; it did not accomplish anything!
IDIOM ►
Meaning 1
not within the rules of the game; an infraction of the rules
Sentence 1
The referee blew his whistle. There was a foul play.
Meaning 2
an illegal activity, a bad practice or unfair
Sentence 2
Stealing my girlfriend was foul play.
IDIOM ►
Meaning 1
The period during a jump before the parachute is opened
Sentence 1
The parachutist had a free fall of twenty-five seconds before he opened his parachute.
Meaning 2
to drop or fall very rapidly
Sentence 2
The U.S.S.R.'s economy took afree fall in 1991.
IDIOM ►
Meaning 1
from the starting line for a race
Sentence 1
Her time from scratch to finish in the mile was just over four minutes.
Meaning 2
from the beginning
Sentence 2
I need you to work on this legal brief from scratch.
IDIOM ►
Meaning 1
from the front end to the rear end of a boat
Sentence 1
Please wash the boat from stem to stern.
Meaning 2
to do something thoroughly from one end to another
Sentence 2
Please clean the office from from stem to stern.
IDIOM ►
Meaning 1
a defensive maneuver where the team closely guards their opponent from baseline to baseline
Sentence 1
The Celtics were behind and put on a full court press hoping to change the course of the game.
Meaning 2
an aggressive defense
Sentence 2
In order to get the contract, we will have to get everyone involved in a full court press on the other company.