Surfing Idioms

The sport or pastime of being carried to the shore on the crest of large waves while standing or lying on a surfboard.

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Meaning 1
catching the curl: to catch a wave at the right moment, to ride it when the wave is cresting.
Sentence 1
"Totally Ripping: Catching the Curl at Surfing," NY Times 5/23/2003)
Meaning 2
to do something at just the right moment
Sentence 2
Good timing. You caught the curl. I think your business idea will work. You found a niche in the market.

Derivation

There are many idioms with "hang" in them. To hang has many meanings, but in the following terms, to hang means to lean or be suspended. These terms are used in surfing and sailing and have become common in every day usage.

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Meaning 1
to understand something
Sentence 1
You're getting better at surfing. You're get the hang of it.
Meaning 2
to understand something
Sentence 2
Are you getting get the hang of that new business?

Derivation

The terms "hang ten and hang five are surfing terms referring to the number of toes used to grip the side of a surfboard. The use of many of the "hang" terms could have derived from these surfing terms.

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Meaning 1
to stay with something
Sentence 1
Hang in there. The sea is rough.
Meaning 2
to persist in doing something, to stay with something
Sentence 2
Hang in there. Staying on a low fat diet is no fun.

Derivation

The sailor, wind surfer, glider counterbalances the angle of the boat, surfboard, windsurfer by hanging out over the water.

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Meaning 1
hang loose to relax
Sentence 1
Relax and hang loose as you ride the wave.
Meaning 2
to relax
Sentence 2
Hang loose about the boss' report. You're tense.