Swimming/Rowing Idioms

Swimming: The sport or activity of propelling oneself through water using one’s limbs.

Rowing: The sport or pastime of propelling a boat by means of oars.

IDIOM ►
Meaning 1
to give a fish a line in order to catch it; to give someone a line/rope in order to pull them in
Sentence 1
I hope to catch a nice German Brown with this line, hook, bait, and sinker. Throw out a line to that boat, so they can dock at the pier.
Meaning 2
to tell someone something favorable so they become interested in you; usually the person wants a date
Sentence 2
That line you gave Amy, that you had never been in love before you met her, is not true.
IDIOM ►
Meaning 1
a competitor in the strongest, heaviest division
Sentence 1
Joe Louis was a great heavyweight boxer.
Meaning 2
to be the most important
Sentence 2
International Business Machines is a heavyweight in the computer business.
IDIOM ►
Meaning 1
to entangle a boat, raft or fishing line in something,such as a part of a tree, a plant, in the bottom of a stream or lake
Sentence 1
My fishing line has hit a snag at the bottom of a stream.
Meaning 2
to be temporarily stopped
Sentence 2
We've hit a snag in the arms accord talks.
IDIOM ►
Meaning 1
to hit the bottom of a lake with a boat, a canoe or a fishing line
Sentence 1
We hit the bottom of the stream and had to push the canoe into high water.
Meaning 2
to be at the lowest or worst point
Sentence 2
The economy hit bottom in this fiscal quarter.
IDIOM ►
Meaning 1
to keep one's head above water by swimming or treading water
Sentence 1
Keep your head above water if you fall out of the boat.
Meaning 2
to stay ahead in one's work
Sentence 2
I have to work ten hours a day to keep my head above water.
IDIOM ►
Meaning 1
to be in a division for persons who are light in weight and not as strong as those in the heavyweight division.
Sentence 1
Carlos Ortiz was a lightweight champion in the 1960's.
Meaning 2
to be of lesser importance
Sentence 2
He can't help you. He is a lightweight in this corporation.
IDIOM ►
Meaning 1
to put the oar of a boat into the water to help move it
Sentence 1
Please put your oar in now that we are away from the dock.
Meaning 2
to help in a group decision
Sentence 2
The boss said, " I want all of you to put put your oar in and think carefully about these business projections for next year."
IDIOM ►
Meaning 1
to catch a wave as it is breaking in order to ride it on a surfboard
Sentence 1
There's a big wave. I am going to try and catch that one.
Meaning 2
to be supported; to get an opportunity
Sentence 2
" …but these concerns have not hurt Mr. Bush, who continues to ride a huge wave of support, according to the latest New York Times/CBS poll."(NY Times 5/14/2003)
IDIOM ►
Meaning 1
to row against the current or up the stream
Sentence 1
You need to row upstream a bit in order to catch fish.
Meaning 2
to be difficult, to be in a difficult position
Sentence 2
For the past year or two my marriage has been like rowing upstream.
IDIOM ►
Meaning 1
to swim against the tide or pull of the ocean
Sentence 1
You can get very tired and drown if you swim against the tide.
Meaning 2
to do something difficult, to do the opposite of everyone else
Sentence 2
I'm having trouble keeping up with my schoolwork. I'm swimming against the tide.