o Idioms

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Meaning 1
to deliver or receive two punches, one right after another
Sentence 1
The boxer knocked out his opponent with a one-two punch combination.
Meaning 2
to be in a difficult situation because two negative things have happened to one
Sentence 2
I got a a one-two punch before the election: Two important groups were against me. I lost.
IDIOM ►
Meaning 1
the runner or player has taken a position away from the base he has touched previously in the game
Sentence 1
The runner was thrown out, because he was off base.
Meaning 2
a person or project is not where it should be
Sentence 2
She is off base when she talks about religion during working hours.
IDIOM ►
Meaning 1
to remove a fish from a hook
Sentence 1
The fly fisherman took the german brown trout off the hook in the "no-kill" area of the stream.
Meaning 2
to take away someone's responsibility for something
Sentence 2
Please let me off the hook for our dinner engagement. I have to work that evening.
IDIOM ►
Meaning 1
moving at the start
Sentence 1
The sailboats were off to a running start as they passed the buoys.
Meaning 2
a good start on something
Sentence 2
Good outline. You're off to a running start on that essay.
IDIOM ►
Meaning 1
to push or attack the defense of the opposing team in order to make a point
Sentence 1
We need to improve our offensive play in order to win the football game next week.
Meaning 2
to have a strategic plan, to try to score
Sentence 2
We need an offensive play in order to get the order. Do you think we can lower the price?
IDIOM ►
Meaning 1
to be safe from being tagged out by having a foot on base
Sentence 1
The bases are loaded; three runners are on base.
Meaning 2
One is doing the job correctly and according to what is expected.
Sentence 2
He's doing a good job with that case. He's on base in his approach to the jury.
IDIOM ►
Meaning 1
to hit the target with a bow and arrow
Sentence 1
That arrow is on target.
Meaning 2
on schedule, precisely right
Sentence 2
Your estimate was on target.
IDIOM ►
Meaning 1
the term refers to the ropes around the boxing ring
Sentence 1
Mohammed Ali was winning the fight and his opponent was on the ropes unable to defend himself.
Meaning 2
If a person, business venture or politician is on the ropes, he or she is in a difficult place.
Sentence 2
The company was deeper in debt and on the ropes.
IDIOM ►
Meaning 1
to open worms for bait for fishing
Sentence 1
Please open a can of worms for me.
Meaning 2
to do something that will uncover a number of problems
Sentence 2
The Watergate scandal opened a can of worms for the Republican Party.
IDIOM ►
Meaning 1
The part of the year when there is unrestricted hunting of a particular animal.
Sentence 1
It's open season on deer now. You can kill doe.
Meaning 2
a time when one is criticized
Sentence 2
There was open season at the City Council meeting, when the mayor talked about raising taxes.