r Idioms

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
to run or compete in a timed event (same as against the clock)
Sentence 1
The horse raced against his previous time on the track.
Meaning 2
to hurry to meet a deadline
Sentence 2
We better race against time. The copy for the newspaper is due at four o'clock.
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.
IDIOM ►
Meaning 1
sail pulled in
Sentence 1
Reef the sail, a storm is coming.
Meaning 2
To slow down what one is doing.
Sentence 2
We've finished the project. Let's reef the sails.
IDIOM ►
Meaning 1
to move with an ocean wave as it is breaking in order to get carried with it on a surfboard
Sentence 1
There's a big wave. I am going to try and catch that one.
Meaning 2
to have gained momentum and keep moving forward unfazed
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 ride a horse with rough shoes on its hooves over something
Sentence 1
The cowboys rode roughshod over the trail in order to get the cattle to market on time.
Meaning 2
to treat someone poorly
Sentence 2
Please don't ride roughshod on the new employee. Be nice.

Derivation

When cowboys took cattle a long distance to market the shoes on their horses became rough and would tear up the trail.

IDIOM ►
Meaning 1
to sail through bad weather
Sentence 1
Let's ride out the storm.
Meaning 2
to persist in doing something difficult, to endure
Sentence 2
The prime minister decided to ride out the scandal.
IDIOM ►
Meaning 1
to be riding fast and/or dangerously
Sentence 1
He's riding for a fall in the steeplechase.
Meaning 2
to risk an accident or failure
Sentence 2
He's riding for a fall putting all his money in high risk stocks.
IDIOM ►
Meaning 1
Most likely originated from when a batter immediately hits a successful hit and starts running to first base.
Sentence 1
Johnson is right off the bat with that hit.
Meaning 2
When something occurs immediately or at the beginning.
Sentence 2
I knew you two would like each other right off the bat.
IDIOM ►
Meaning 1
to have a seat near to the action of the game or fight
Sentence 1
He had a ringside seat at the Tyson fight.
Meaning 2
to be where the action is
Sentence 2
The general had a ringside seat just behind the troop lines.