h Idioms

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Meaning 1
to hit another boxer below the belt
Sentence 1
It is illegal to hit a boxer below the belt.
Meaning 2
to hurt someone unnecessarily
Sentence 2
He hit below the belt in that argument when he criticized her appearance.
IDIOM ►
Meaning 1
to hit the bottom of a lake with a boat, a canoe or a fishing line
Sentence 1
We hit the bottom of the stream and had to push the canoe into high water.
Meaning 2
to be at the lowest or worst point
Sentence 2
The economy hit bottom in this fiscal quarter.
IDIOM ►
Meaning 1
the horse is running its fastest
Sentence 1
That horse hit its stride at the second turn.
Meaning 2
to do one's best
Sentence 2
He's finally hit his stride and is doing his job well.
IDIOM ►
Meaning 1
An ace is the highest card in each suit. To hold all the aces gives one a distinct advantage.
Sentence 1
They scored a grand slam in bridge last night. Her partner held all the aces.
Meaning 2
to have an advantage
Sentence 2
After the Second World War the United States held all the aces in developing a space program and advanced nuclear technology.
IDIOM ►
Meaning 1
Hunting dogs barking at game or prey until the hunter can arrive
Sentence 1
The dogs held the stag at bay until the hunters came.
Meaning 2
to keep something or someone stopped awhile until something else can be done
Sentence 2
They held the drug dealer at bay until the police could come.

Derivation

From a French medieval sports term, "abai", meaning to bark at game and hold it for the hunter.

IDIOM ►
Meaning 1
to hit the golf ball into the hole with one stroke
Sentence 1
On the ninth hole he hit a hole in one.
Meaning 2
to succeed the first time
Sentence 2
He got a hole in one with that sale. He sold a house in ten minutes.
IDIOM ►
Meaning 1
to play a game on a team's home field or court
Sentence 1
The Eagles have a home court advantage when they play football in Philadelphia.
Meaning 2
to have an advantage
Sentence 2
I had a home court advantage when they argued.
IDIOM ►
Meaning 1
to hit the ball so hard that the batter can circle the bases and score a run
Sentence 1
Barry Bonds hit 70 home runs in 2001.
Meaning 2
to do something well to be a winner
Sentence 2
You scored a home run with that presentation. I think we'll get the contract.
IDIOM ►
Meaning 1
to be caught on something
Sentence 1
The fish is hooked on my new lure.
Meaning 2
to be addicted to something
Sentence 2
The drug addict is hooked on heroin.
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Meaning 1
to run hounds or dogs after something
Sentence 1
Slave owners hounded runaway slaves to try to bring them back. They considered slaves property.
Meaning 2
to urge continually
Sentence 2
Please don't hound me about getting the house painted. I'll do it when I can.