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