b Idioms

IDIOM ►
Meaning 1
The game was postponed because of rain. (The game could be postponed for any reason, but the term is "rain check".) The rain check itself is the ticket that can be exchanged for a ticket at a later date.
Sentence 1
The Phillies' game was postponed because of rain, and the spectators were given another ticket for a future game.
Meaning 2
a postponement with a promise of a future meeting
Sentence 2
"Something has come up, and I can't make our luncheon meeting. How about a raincheck? "
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
place where baseball is played
Sentence 1
Let's go to the ball park on Saturday and see the Mets play.
Meaning 2
a general, rather than precise figure; a "ballpark" implies a rather large area.
Sentence 2
I need a ball park figure on what the contract will cost.

Derivation

The term ball park is derived from the time when baseball was played before a few people in parks rather than stadiums.

IDIOM ►
Meaning 1
Hitting the ball along the side of something to score a point. Original derivation from pool where a ball is shot indirectly into the pocket by hitting it along the side wall or "bank." In basketball: an indirect shot into the basket using the backboard.
Sentence 1
Minnesota Fats sank the ball in the corner pocket, banking it off the side rail. LeBron James banked the basketball off the backboard into the net.
Meaning 2
An indirect approach to solving a problem, or completing a task.
Sentence 2
After failing to convince the potential business partner to accept the deal at the meeting, Ashley landed a bank shot by talking to the representative privately afterwards and convincing them to accept.
IDIOM ►
Meaning 1
the dog is not barking at the animal the hunter wants
Sentence 1
Jim's dog didn't tree the racoon. The racoom jumped to another tree and the dog barked up the wrong tree.
Meaning 2
to make a wrong choice
Sentence 2
The FBI agent didn't find the criminal. He was barking up the wrong tree.
IDIOM ►
Meaning 1
There are men on all bases except home base.
Sentence 1
The bases are loaded and their best hitter is up to bat.
Meaning 2
to have an advantage
Sentence 2
Our bases are loaded. We should win the contract. We have more money and expertise than they do.
IDIOM ►
Meaning 1
same as "to be in the major leagues"
Sentence 1
Jackie Robinson was the first black player to be in the big leagues.
Meaning 2
to be a big shot, to be a major player, to be well-known
Sentence 2
You're in the big leagues now.
IDIOM ►
Meaning 1
The player must knock all numbered balls from one to seven into the pocket before the eighth ball.
Sentence 1
The six ball was behind the eight ball and it was a difficult shot.
Meaning 2
to be in a difficult or awkward situation
Sentence 2
I was behind the eight ball when the boss found out I didn't know any foreign languages.

Derivation

It is very difficult to make a shot with a ball, if that ball is directly behind the eight ball.

IDIOM ►
Meaning 1
to be below or above the standard set for a hole on a golf course
Sentence 1
He was below the par of four on that hole. He was two strokes above par on that hole.
Meaning 2
to do worse (below par or not up to par) or better (abovepar) than usual
Sentence 2
His performance was below par that night. That business presentation was above par. Good job!
IDIOM ►
Meaning 1
to hit a player on his "blind-side"or the side away from which a player is looking
Sentence 1
The quarterback was blind-sided by the defensive end.
Meaning 2
to not see what is going to happen
Sentence 2
I was blind-sided. I didn't know he was going to come up with those kind of figures for the buy-out.