i Idioms

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Meaning 1
to be in good physical condition
Sentence 1
He's in good shape for the soccer season. He has been running five miles three times a week.
Meaning 2
to be in good condition
Sentence 2
That company is in good shape. It's price earnings ratio is under twelve.
IDIOM ►
Meaning 1
in the final part of a race track between the last turn and the finish line
Sentence 1
The favorite horse was ahead by two lengths going into the stretch.
Meaning 2
in the final stages of an event, such as a business or political campaign
Sentence 2
Although the Democrats were ahead in the political campaign in August, the Republicans moved ahead in the stretch.
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Meaning 1
throwing the ball or another object such as a horseshoe
Sentence 1
He is in there pitching the ball to the batter.
Meaning 2
trying hard to do one's best
Sentence 2
Jane is always in there pitching for our legal team.
IDIOM ►
Meaning 1
There are 9 innings in an American baseball game. A game will go into overtime when there is a tie, for instance 2 to 2.
Sentence 1
The Yankees won the ball game in the 9th inning, 5 to 2 runs.
Meaning 2
Part of a ballgame, whether baseball or in business or pleasure.
Sentence 2
"It is now the President's inning, and he has the masses of people behind him." (From "The Bully Pulpit," a book by Doris Kearns Goodwin about President Theodore Roosevelt.
IDIOM ►
Meaning 1
to be fully engaged in the "swing"
Sentence 1
You need to take the racquet into a full swing in order to hit the ball properly.
Meaning 2
to move fast or efficiently
Sentence 2
Let's get the factory into full swing. We'll need those cars by November.
IDIOM ►
Meaning 1
From baseball: There are 9 innings in a game, unless the game is tied, when it goes into overtime until the tie is broken.
Sentence 1
It's the last inning and the Phillies are up to bat against the Braves. The game is tied 3 to 3. It may go into overtime unless the Phillies or the Braves get a run in the 9th.
Meaning 2
"The game" of an election, is almost over; the last inning of an election could be the last few weeks before voters vote.
Sentence 2
Let's get this act together. It's the last inning: we are down 3% and need to win those 5 Senators to take control.
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Meaning 1
The inside of a track is shorter than the outside; it is easier to win if one is on the inside of a track.
Sentence 1
The horse started on the inside track.
Meaning 2
to have information or a position which will make it easier to win
Sentence 2
He will be able to talk to the head of Disney first, because he has the inside track. He worked with Disney on a previous project.