p Idioms

IDIOM ►
Meaning 1
A sports playbook is a coach's book of strategies for a game or season.
Sentence 1
The New England Patriots need a new playbook for the 2015 season if the first string quarterback is not allowed to lead his team for four games.
Meaning 2
A stategy of moves to reach a desired objective.
Sentence 2
I've got a playbook to get my girlfriend back.
IDIOM ►
Meaning 1
a standard for a hole on the golf course
Sentence 1
This is a par three hole. Seventy-two strokes is par for this course.
Meaning 2
what is expected of someone
Sentence 2
he missed the train, again. That is par for the course.
IDIOM ►
Meaning 1
to give the baton, a hollow cylinder of about twelve inches, to the next runner in a relay race
Sentence 1
He finished his lap and passed the baton to the next runner.
Meaning 2
to continue the task
Sentence 2
The older generation is passing the baton to the younger generation.
IDIOM ►
Meaning 1
to substitute for someone
Sentence 1
We need a run. John, will you pinch hit for the pitcher?
Meaning 2
to substitute for someone
Sentence 2
Mary, will you please pinchhit for John on this account, while he is on vacation?

Derivation

A batter who is not in the lineup for a particular date can pinch hit for another batter.

IDIOM ►
Meaning 1
a substitute for another batter in the team lineup
Sentence 1
The substitute is used depending on the situation, tactical or other reasons.
Meaning 2
a substitute
Sentence 2
"I need a pinch-hitter for the meeting tomorrow as I have been called for jury duty."
IDIOM ►
Meaning 1
a throw or toss
Sentence 1
The pitcher made a fast pitch to the batter.
Meaning 2
a presentation, support
Sentence 2
He made a pitch for the Republican party at last nights' dinner.
IDIOM ►
Meaning 1
to pitch a curve ball to the batter in baseball
Sentence 1
A curve ball moves away from the batter and is difficult to hit.
Meaning 2
to surprise someone unpleasantly
Sentence 2
I am sorry I couldn't answer the question. He threw a curve when he asked me about last years figures.
IDIOM ►
Meaning 1
to throw or toss
Sentence 1
She pitched a fast one to the batter and he struck out.
Meaning 2
to make a presentation
Sentence 2
Pitch the project to the graphic artist to finish.

Derivation

Cricket was a popular sport before baseball developed in the nineteenth century. A thrown ball in cricket is a "pitch" and the cricket playing field is known as the "pitch". It may be that the word "pitch" came into baseball terminology from cricket.

IDIOM ►
Meaning 1
to play the game with someone, usually for a short time
Sentence 1
Please play along with the team for awhile.
Meaning 2
to cooperate for a time
Sentence 2
Play along on this business arrangement until I can get a replacement.
IDIOM ►
Meaning 1
to play a ball game with someone
Sentence 1
Let's play ball.
Meaning 2
to do business with someone, to cooperate
Sentence 2
Let's play ball and start negotiating the contract.

Derivation

Coaches in the 1920's used the term to get their teams to work together and play well.