s Idioms

IDIOM ►
Meaning 1
to catch a wave as it is breaking in order to ride it on a surfboard
Sentence 1
There's a big wave. I am going to try and catch that one.
Meaning 2
to be supported; to get an opportunity
Sentence 2
" …but these concerns have not hurt Mr. Bush, who continues to ride a huge wave of support, according to the latest New York Times/CBS poll."(NY Times 5/14/2003)
IDIOM ►
Meaning 1
to sail through a storm
Sentence 1
We sailed through that storm better than I thought.
Meaning 2
to do something easily
Sentence 2
He sailed through that assignment.
IDIOM ►
Meaning 1
the number of points gained or lost in a competition
Sentence 1
What was the score of the baseball game yesterday?
Meaning 2
an account of what is happening in something
Sentence 2
What's the score on your sales this week?
IDIOM ►
Meaning 1
to win or lose points in competition
Sentence 1
Wilt Chamberlain scored 3033 points for the Philadelphia Warriors basketball team in 1960. The Canadian Olympic Men's Hockey Team scored three goals to the U.S. two goals in 2002.
Meaning 2
to do well
Sentence 2
Did you score with that pretty girl you met last week?

Derivation

Originally, scores were kept by making marks or cutting notches on something. To score still has his meaning, as well as those associated with sports and games.

IDIOM ►
Meaning 1
to be equal for all competitors, to have no handicap
Sentence 1
He is a scratch golfer in this tournament.
Meaning 2
to be equal
Sentence 2
We are scratch players in this deal.
IDIOM ►
Meaning 1
to eliminate a horse from a particular race
Sentence 1
The horse was scratched from the race.
Meaning 2
to eliminate or stop a project
Sentence 2
Scratch that ad campaign. It won't work.
IDIOM ►
Meaning 1
to line up the sight of a rifle or bow
Sentence 1
I have set my sights on that deer over there.
Meaning 2
to want or desire something
Sentence 2
I have set my sights on that job at the bank.

Derivation

A sight is a device for aiming a gun or bow.

IDIOM ►
Meaning 1
sails not tied down; the sails are flapping in the wind.
Sentence 1
We're seven sheets to the wind. Let's pull in the sails.
Meaning 2
to be drunk, usually on alcohol
Sentence 2
He's seven sheets to the wind. Who's the designated driver?
IDIOM ►
Meaning 1
to improve one's physical shape in order to perform better
Sentence 1
That baseball team bettershape up this spring in spring practice.
Meaning 2
to do or perform better
Sentence 2
You better shape up at the office or you will lose your job.
IDIOM ►
Meaning 1
to shoot a duck or bird down
Sentence 1
He shot down the Canada goose. It won't fly anymore.
Meaning 2
to stop something because it won't work
Sentence 2
John shot down Fred's proposal. It just won't fly
IDIOM ►
Meaning 1
to shoot another person's mouth off
Sentence 1
The term is not used in the literal sense.
Meaning 2
to talk too much
Sentence 2
He wouldn't keep quiet. He shot his mouth off about his quarrel with Emily.
IDIOM ►
Meaning 1
to be taken out of the game / to be injured
Sentence 1
He was sidelined because of a knee injury.
Meaning 2
to stop working on something
Sentence 2
We better sideline that project.

Derivation

The lines of the playing field show where the game is to be played. Players within the lines or boundaries are playing the game. Those outside the boundaries are not playing or sidelined.

IDIOM ►
Meaning 1
a shot made by jumping in the air over the basket and throwing the basketball into the basket
Sentence 1
Michael Jordan slam dunked the ball to win the game for Chicago
Meaning 2
a decisive action which was easy to accomplish
Sentence 2
We got the merger. I slam dunked the deal.
IDIOM ►
Meaning 1
to pull the gun slowly from the gun's holster
Sentence 1
He was slow on the draw in the gunfight and was shot by the sheriff.
Meaning 2
to be slow to understand
Sentence 2
Bill didn't understand the joke. He's slow on the draw.
IDIOM ►
Meaning 1
The batter steps up to the plate and gets ready to hit the ball.
Sentence 1
The batter looked for coaching signals as he stepped up to the plate.
Meaning 2
Anyone in any occupation who gets ready to do something.
Sentence 2
Step up to the plate and start your schoolwork.
IDIOM ►
Meaning 1
to hold a gun up at the shoulder and shoot it
Sentence 1
Hold the gun and shoot it straight from the shoulder.
Meaning 2
to be frank
Sentence 2
I want to hear the news, good or bad. Let's hear it, straight from the shoulder.

Derivation

The usual way of shooting a gun is to hold it level and pressed to the shoulder.

IDIOM ►
Meaning 1
The baseball player has three strikes and is out for that time at bat.
Sentence 1
Strike out the batter.
Meaning 2
to fail at doing something.
Sentence 2
If he doesn't get the appointment, he will strike out. He tried to get the appointment and struck out.
IDIOM ►
Meaning 1
The fish took part of the line, the sinker (weights) and the hook in his mouth.
Sentence 1
The golden trout took the fly hook, line and sinker. (This practically never happens.)
Meaning 2
to believe someone completely
Sentence 2
He told me he loved me and I believed him, hook, line and sinker.
IDIOM ►
Meaning 1
to swim against the tide or pull of the ocean
Sentence 1
You can get very tired and drown if you swim against the tide.
Meaning 2
to do something difficult, to do the opposite of everyone else
Sentence 2
I'm having trouble keeping up with my schoolwork. I'm swimming against the tide.
IDIOM ►
Meaning 1
a stroke or blow with one or both arms, with or without an object, in a large arc. In many sports the player uses equipment, such as a bat, golf club, racquet, to hit a ball. He swings at the ball.
Sentence 1
In golf, keep your head down as you swing at the ball.
Meaning 2
to do something, to make something happen
Sentence 2
It will be a hard job, but I'll take a swing at it.