t Idioms

IDIOM ►
Meaning 1
A tackle (noun) is a defensive player on an American football team; the tackle tries to bring down players on the opposite team. To tackle is the verb. ...
Sentence 1
The Philadelphia Eagle defensive lineman tackled the quarterback as he was trying to throw the football.
Meaning 2
to vigorously work on a project
Sentence 2
"Let's get the report done. Will you please tackle the statistics needed for the report!"
IDIOM ►
Meaning 1
The back or "tail" of the plane drops and starts spinning
Sentence 1
The plane went into a tailspin before the pilot bailed out.
Meaning 2
to drop or fall rapidly ( as above in "nosedive"); to be anxious or extremely concerned
Sentence 2
When I lost my job, my budget went into a tailspin. He went into a tailspin when his secretary said she was quitting.
IDIOM ►
Meaning 1
to buy a ticket or "chance" on a prize
Sentence 1
I'll take a chance on winning that stuffed bear at the carnival.
Meaning 2
to try something that is not certain or sure
Sentence 2
I'll take a chance on buying that stock. The earnings appear good.
IDIOM ►
Meaning 1
changing direction to take advantage of the wind
Sentence 1
Let's take a new tack in approaching the harbor.
Meaning 2
to try a different approach, a new method
Sentence 2
Let's take a different or new tack to that mathematical problem. We aren't getting a solution.
IDIOM ►
Meaning 1
If the game is rained out, the patron gets a coupon or rain check to go another time.
Sentence 1
The game was canceled because of the rain. They took a rain check for another day.
Meaning 2
to change a date, a time for meeting
Sentence 2
Let's take a rain check for that dinner date. We can come next week.
IDIOM ►
Meaning 1
to throw a ball into something; to shoot at something with a gun
Sentence 1
I' ll take a shot at that basket. Take a shot at at that deer.
Meaning 2
to try to do something
Sentence 2
I'll take a shot at taking the murder case, even though it's difficult.
IDIOM ►
Meaning 1
to divide into opposing teams
Sentence 1
Will the players please choose and take sides.
Meaning 2
to favor one viewpoint over another
Sentence 2
I didn't want to take sides in that argument.
IDIOM ►
Meaning 1
to be hit on the chin
Sentence 1
The boxer took a punch to the chin and is down.
Meaning 2
to have something bad happen to one
Sentence 2
He took it on the chin today. He was fired.
IDIOM ►
Meaning 1
A sailboat needs wind in its sails to move
Sentence 1
That boat tacked in front of us and took the wind out of our sails.
Meaning 2
to stop or slow someone down
Sentence 2
He didn't get a good evaluation. It really took the wind out of his sails.
IDIOM ►
Meaning 1
"take-off": the plane leaves the ground and is in the air; "fly": the plane is in the air
Sentence 1
With Rebecca in charge, this plan will take-off . With Harry in charge, this plan will fly.
Meaning 2
(Same as "to get something off the ground" ie, to be on the way to a successful conclusion)
Sentence 2
If you don't get your work done, this project won't take-off. Flying was a sport before it was a means of transportation.
IDIOM ►
Meaning 1
A target is something one shoots or aims at for scoring.
Sentence 1
Please aim your arrow at the target.
Meaning 2
a goal or objective
Sentence 2
The target for attendance at the meeting tomorrow is one hundred per cent.
IDIOM ►
Meaning 1
to shoot at a target
Sentence 1
Target the bullseye. (In archery) Target the munitions factory. (in flying/bombing)
Meaning 2
to try to achieve an objective or goal
Sentence 2
Please target young parents for your next marketing effort.
IDIOM ►
Meaning 1
a group of players in a game or sport
Sentence 1
The Philadelphia Eagles are a professional football team.
Meaning 2
a group associated together for a common purpose
Sentence 2
Richard Cheney, Secretary of Defense for the United States, was part of the President's team for the Gulf War offensive.
IDIOM ►
Meaning 1
to be part of the playing team
Sentence 1
Pete Rose was a good team player for the Phillie's baseball team in the '80's.
Meaning 2
to cooperate with the group
Sentence 2
We need team players on our quality control group.
IDIOM ►
Meaning 1
to place a golf ball on a tee to be hit
Sentence 1
He teed it up on 9th hole and hit a hole in one.
Meaning 2
To begin something
Sentence 2
Tee it up. Begin your part of the presentation.
IDIOM ►
Meaning 1
The game is over
Sentence 1
That's the ball game. They won eight to seven.
Meaning 2
It is finished
Sentence 2
That's the ball game. They got the contract.
IDIOM ►
Meaning 1
how the ball reacts to a surface or racquet
Sentence 1
That's the way the ball bounces in Aspen, Colorado. The altitude is 8500 feet.
Meaning 2
the way things happen
Sentence 2
He was fired. That's too bad, but that's the way the ball bounces in a recession.
IDIOM ►
Meaning 1
to continue to gamble after losing
Sentence 1
You are going to throw good money after bad if you continue to play the lottery.
Meaning 2
to continue to waste money , to continue to do something when it hasn't worked
Sentence 2
Why don't you buy a new car? You are throwing good money after bad when you spend money for repairs for that old car.
IDIOM ►
Meaning 1
the boxing manager throws in the towel to stop the fight
Sentence 1
His manager threw in the towel and the fight was over.
Meaning 2
to give up, to not pursue an objective
Sentence 2
I want to throw in the towel on this marriage. It's not going to work. We fight too much.

Derivation

In the early days of boxing, opponents used bare fists to hit each other. When hit a sponge was used to wipe away blood. When a fighter was no longer able to fight, his manager would throw the bloody sponge into the ring to stop the fight.

IDIOM ►
Meaning 1
to try and divert or confuse pursuers
Sentence 1
The fox crossed the stream to throw the dogs off his track.
Meaning 2
to confuse someone
Sentence 2
The questions threw the speaker off the track.
IDIOM ►
Meaning 1
to stop the clock during a game
Sentence 1
The quarterback called a time-out in the final minutes of the fourth quarter.
Meaning 2
to take a break or some time-out from a project
Sentence 2
I'm tired. Could we have a time-out?
IDIOM ►
Meaning 1
In Baseball, the runner needs to touch a base to be safe.
Sentence 1
Alex Rodriquez hit a single and was safe at first base
Meaning 2
In business, or any kind of a relationship, one needs to communicate or touch base.
Sentence 2
The IT computer expert touched base with his company.
IDIOM ►
Meaning 1
To touch a base in any sport with bases
Sentence 1
The batter touched base and was safe.
Meaning 2
to talk to someone about something
Sentence 2
I need to touch base with the firm before I make a final agreement.

Derivation

This idiom could also be derived from the military, ie military base, where personnel are stationed.

IDIOM ►
Meaning 1
to move the ball across the opponent's goal line.
Sentence 1
A team scores six points for a touchdown.
Meaning 2
to achieve something, to win something
Sentence 2
You scored a touchdown when you hired Jane. She's a great accountant.
IDIOM ►
Meaning 1
Trump is the most powerful suit in a card game.
Sentence 1
My jack of spades trumped your king of hearts.
Meaning 2
Trump conveys power and importance.
Sentence 2
"Experience trumps brain power."
IDIOM ►
Meaning 1
See the above two idioms
Sentence 1
The batter has two strikes against him and the bases are loaded.
Meaning 2
To be in a difficult situation in which you are expected to perform
Sentence 2
In February of 1991, Saddam Hassein had two strikes against him and the bases were loaded.
IDIOM ►
Meaning 1
The batter has only one more strike before he is out
Sentence 1
He hit a home run into left field with two strikes against him.
Meaning 2
to have one more chance
Sentence 2
He had two strikes against him when he interviewed for the job. He had been in prison and had never had a job.

Derivation

The word "strike" probably is derived from the English game cricket. A batter in cricket is a "striker."