t Idioms

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.