t Idioms

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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.
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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.