Alphabetical Idioms

IDIOM ►
Meaning 1
to compete in sports in a timed event or against another competitor's time
Sentence 1
She's running against the clock and has only two seconds to better Cindy's time for first place.
Meaning 2
to be in a hurry to meet a deadline or time for completion of something
Sentence 2
I'm running against the clock here on this project. The architectural drawings are due next week.
IDIOM ►
Meaning 1
before the game or event
Sentence 1
I'll meet you five minutes ahead of the game at section "M" at the football stadium.
Meaning 2
to have worked or done more than necessary, to have an advantage
Sentence 2
I have to work extra hours to stay ahead of the game on this negotiation.
IDIOM ►
Meaning 1
The game or sports event is finished or "over" and only the cheering is left
Sentence 1
The World Series is all over but the shouting.
Meaning 2
decided, concluded
Sentence 2
The Gulf War is all over but the shouting.
IDIOM ►
Meaning 1
A new game has started.
Sentence 1
Let's beat them this time. It's another ball game.
Meaning 2
The old idea, event or business deal is over. One has a better chance of winning or achieving a goal this time.
Sentence 2
Now that we have a new manager, it's another ball game.
IDIOM ►
Meaning 1
to take water out of a boat; to parachute out of a plane that is going down
Sentence 1
Bail out the ship. We're sinking. We better bail out of the plane. We're on fire.
Meaning 2
to help, to save
Sentence 2
The government is bailing out the savings and loan banks.

Derivation

In boating or sailing the term,, bail out, is used to save the boat. In parachuting it is used to get out of the plane.

IDIOM ►
Meaning 1
place where baseball is played
Sentence 1
Let's go to the ball park on Saturday and see the Mets play.
Meaning 2
a general, rather than precise figure; a "ballpark" implies a rather large area.
Sentence 2
I need a ball park figure on what the contract will cost.

Derivation

The term ball park is derived from the time when baseball was played before a few people in parks rather than stadiums.

IDIOM ►
Meaning 1
the dog is not barking at the animal the hunter wants
Sentence 1
Jim's dog didn't tree the racoon. The racoom jumped to another tree and the dog barked up the wrong tree.
Meaning 2
to make a wrong choice
Sentence 2
The FBI agent didn't find the criminal. He was barking up the wrong tree.
IDIOM ►
Meaning 1
There are men on all bases except home base.
Sentence 1
The bases are loaded and their best hitter is up to bat.
Meaning 2
to have an advantage
Sentence 2
Our bases are loaded. We should win the contract. We have more money and expertise than they do.
IDIOM ►
Meaning 1
substitute for another batter in baseball
Sentence 1
The manager sent a left-handed batter to face the right-handed pitcher.
Meaning 2
supporting or substituting for someone in business
Sentence 2
The CEO and founder of a corporation again went to bat for his corporation in Congressional hearings.

Derivation

baseball

IDIOM ►
Meaning 1
same as "to be in the major leagues"
Sentence 1
Jackie Robinson was the first black player to be in the big leagues.
Meaning 2
to be a big shot, to be a major player, to be well-known
Sentence 2
You're in the big leagues now.