General Idioms

IDIOM ►
Meaning 1
The football game is almost over. The quarterback of the team is desperate. He tries at the last minute a very long pass, a Hail Mary pass.
Sentence 1
The Dallas quarterback tried a 50 yard pass, a Hail Mary pass, hoping he could tie up the game.
Meaning 2
A politician or say a business man or woman decides he is about to lose an election or an account and has a desperate strategy to get back "into the game," a Hail Mary pass.
Sentence 2
Many commentators and the electorate thought Mitt Romney's choice of Paul Ryan as candidate for vice-presidential spot on the 2012 Republcan ticket was a Hail Mary pass.
IDIOM ►
Meaning 1
A sports playbook is a coach's book of strategies for a game or season.
Sentence 1
The New England Patriots need a new playbook for the 2015 season if the first string quarterback is not allowed to lead his team for four games.
Meaning 2
A stategy of moves to reach a desired objective.
Sentence 2
I've got a playbook to get my girlfriend back.
IDIOM ►
Meaning 1
a strategy that changes the game
Sentence 1
You might need a game changer for your marriage.
Meaning 2
changing a business, war or personal strategy
Sentence 2
"Go from a game player to a successful game changer. The Oxford MBA is your opportunity to transform yourself and your ambitions."
IDIOM ►
Meaning 1
watch the ball in a ball game
Sentence 1
"A Mets Usher for Five Decades Keeps His Eye on the Ball"
Meaning 2
stay focused
Sentence 2
There are a lot of distractions; keep your eye on the ball.
IDIOM ►
Meaning 1
The lead dog is the first or lead dog of a pack of dogs pulling sleds over snow. This idiom is used particularly in northern places, such as Alaska, but not necessarily.
Sentence 1
The most famous sled dog, with a statue honoring him in New York Central Park is Balto, who saved children's lives in 1933 by delivering medicine in Alaska.
Meaning 2
to manage, lead
Sentence 2
"Lead Dog's ability to manage this complex program is masterful." Will you be the lead dog on this project?

Derivation

There have been sleddogs pulling dogsleds for at least a thousand years.

IDIOM ►
Meaning 1
The most valuable player or M.V.P. is the player who contributes the most to the success of his or her team.
Sentence 1
Mike Trout is the most valuable player in the American League.
Meaning 2
He or she is the most valuable player on the team, whether in business, politics or the nome.
Sentence 2
Betty was considered the most valuable player on the legal team.
IDIOM ►
Meaning 1
For the football term "quarterback" go to that idiom. Fans replaying a play after the fact.
Sentence 1
Tom Brady, the quarterback of the New England Patriots, threw a pass for a touchdown but the play was reviewed by news media later.
Meaning 2
To decide what could have happened after the fact. Hindsight.
Sentence 2
Avid football fans frequently are "Monday morning quarterbacks," reviewing their teams' play.
IDIOM ►
Meaning 1
the term refers to the ropes around the boxing ring
Sentence 1
Mohammed Ali was winning the fight and his opponent was on the ropes unable to defend himself.
Meaning 2
If a person, business venture or politician is on the ropes, he or she is in a difficult place.
Sentence 2
The company was deeper in debt and on the ropes.
IDIOM ►
Meaning 1
Playbook is a book of strategies: a compendium of plays for the team, whether football or other sports. However, it is so common, that it is used in other speech, such as business and dating.
Sentence 1
Please play defense according to the playbook.
Meaning 2
A new playbook: New strategies for your plan, whether for business, college or a girl or boyfriend.
Sentence 2
You need a new playbook for your new girlfriend.
IDIOM ►
Meaning 1
Track and Field Sports: Raising the bar for high jumpers, for horses, or for track runners makes it more difficult. Lowering the bar makes it easier.
Sentence 1
The horses have to work harder jumping over those new bar heights.
Meaning 2
To make the job or decisions more difficult
Sentence 2
The Supreme Court raised the bar in a decision making it more difficult to show worker discrimination.