g Idioms

IDIOM ►
Meaning 1
to give a fish a line in order to catch it; to give someone a line/rope in order to pull them in
Sentence 1
I hope to catch a nice German Brown with this line, hook, bait, and sinker. Throw out a line to that boat, so they can dock at the pier.
Meaning 2
to tell someone something favorable so they become interested in you; usually the person wants a date
Sentence 2
That line you gave Amy, that you had never been in love before you met her, is not true.
IDIOM ►
Meaning 1
to give another ship plenty of room to pass by
Sentence 1
Give the tanker a wide berth.
Meaning 2
to stay away from someone or something
Sentence 2
Give the drug dealer a wide berth. He is bad.
IDIOM ►
Meaning 1
to shoot the best one can
Sentence 1
He gave his best shot at the target and made a bull's eye.
Meaning 2
to do one's best
Sentence 2
See what you can do. Give the assignment your best shot.
IDIOM ►
Meaning 1
to give the game away by not playing well or showing one's strategy to the opposing team
Sentence 1
The team didn't play well. They gave the game away. Don't give the game away by showing your cards.
Meaning 2
to show or reveal a strategy
Sentence 2
If you show them the ad, you'll give the game away.
IDIOM ►
Meaning 1
follow the rules of the game
Sentence 1
Please go by the board. You advanced too far.
Meaning 2
bending the rules
Sentence 2
Did Enron go by the board? They bent the financial disclosure rules.
IDIOM ►
Meaning 1
to try to win
Sentence 1
She went for it and won the World Cup downhill.
Meaning 2
to try one's best
Sentence 2
Go for it! Try to be a doctor.
IDIOM ►
Meaning 1
to go off the deck of a boat into the water
Sentence 1
There was a terrible storm and the captain yelled, "man overboard."
Meaning 2
to do too much, to do something to excess
Sentence 2
Don't go overboard on decorations for the party. I don't want to spend too much.
IDIOM ►
Meaning 1
in baseball a batter can "pinch hit" or substitute for another batter
Sentence 1
Send in the first baseman to bat for the pitcher.
Meaning 2
to substitute for someone; to support someone
Sentence 2
Will you go to bat for Jane? She's trying to get a promotion.
IDIOM ►
Meaning 1
1) a home run in baseball with the bases loaded (on all bases); 4 runs scored. 2) in tennis: the player wins all four tennis opens: the French, Wimbledon, Australian and the U.S. 3) in the card game, bridge, when a player takes all 13 tricks.
Sentence 1
Rafael Nadal won 14 and lost 6 grand slam tournaments.
Meaning 2
A super win
Sentence 2
The Republicans scored a home run in the 1952 election when Eisenhower ran for President. The Republicans won both the Senate and the House.

Derivation

The original meaning may have come from baseball.

IDIOM ►
Meaning 1
the event
Sentence 1
We're going to the "Big Game" this year, the Stanford-Cal football game.
Meaning 2
competition, as in business, relationships or most of life
Sentence 2
There are international rules for the game of war; poison gas is forbidden.