Skydiving & Flying Idioms

The sport of jumping from an aircraft and performing acrobatic maneuvers in the air under free fall before landing by parachute.

IDIOM ►
Meaning 1
to take water out of a boat; to parachute out of a plane that is going down
Sentence 1
Bail out the ship. We're sinking. We better bail out of the plane. We're on fire.
Meaning 2
to help, to save
Sentence 2
The government is bailing out the savings and loan banks.

Derivation

In boating or sailing the term,, bail out, is used to save the boat. In parachuting it is used to get out of the plane.

IDIOM ►
Meaning 1
The period during a jump before the parachute is opened
Sentence 1
The parachutist had a free fall of twenty-five seconds before he opened his parachute.
Meaning 2
to drop or fall very rapidly
Sentence 2
The U.S.S.R.'s economy took afree fall in 1991.
IDIOM ►
Meaning 1
to take-off or leave the ground (The engine is already started and the plane is on the runway.)
Sentence 1
The children got their model plane off the ground.
Meaning 2
to have begun something and be on the way to a successful conclusion or completion
Sentence 2
If you don't get your work done, this project won't get off the ground.
IDIOM ►
Meaning 1
The front or "nose" of the plane drops perpendicular to the ground
Sentence 1
The plane went into a nose dive before the pilot bailed out.
Meaning 2
to drop or fall rapidly
Sentence 2
The U.S.S.R.'s economy went into a nose dive in 1991.
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
"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
not on target or the bull's eye
Sentence 1
I aimed my arrow, but it went wide of the mark. I aimed the bombs at the munitions factory, but was wide of the mark and didn't hit it.
Meaning 2
to not achieve a goal or objective, to do less than expected
Sentence 2
I was wide of the mark on that contract. I thought we would get the bid.