s Idioms

IDIOM ►
Meaning 1
to be taken out of the game / to be injured
Sentence 1
He was sidelined because of a knee injury.
Meaning 2
to stop working on something
Sentence 2
We better sideline that project.

Derivation

The lines of the playing field show where the game is to be played. Players within the lines or boundaries are playing the game. Those outside the boundaries are not playing or sidelined.

IDIOM ►
Meaning 1
a shot made by jumping in the air over the basket and throwing the basketball into the basket
Sentence 1
Michael Jordan slam dunked the ball to win the game for Chicago
Meaning 2
a decisive action which was easy to accomplish
Sentence 2
We got the merger. I slam dunked the deal.
IDIOM ►
Meaning 1
to pull the gun slowly from the gun's holster
Sentence 1
He was slow on the draw in the gunfight and was shot by the sheriff.
Meaning 2
to be slow to understand
Sentence 2
Bill didn't understand the joke. He's slow on the draw.
IDIOM ►
Meaning 1
Stealing bases rather than hitting runs.
Sentence 1
The manager opted to pursue a small ball strategy by stealing bases, rather than trying to get several bases at a time, home runs, or extra base hits.
Meaning 2
To move in small incremental steps.
Sentence 2
The legislature sought to achieve their goals through a small ball approach, rather than through major legislation.
IDIOM ►
Meaning 1
The batter steps up to the plate and gets ready to hit the ball.
Sentence 1
The batter looked for coaching signals as he stepped up to the plate.
Meaning 2
Anyone in any occupation who gets ready to do something.
Sentence 2
Step up to the plate and start your schoolwork.
IDIOM ►
Meaning 1
to hold a gun up at the shoulder and shoot it
Sentence 1
Hold the gun and shoot it straight from the shoulder.
Meaning 2
to be frank
Sentence 2
I want to hear the news, good or bad. Let's hear it, straight from the shoulder.

Derivation

The usual way of shooting a gun is to hold it level and pressed to the shoulder.

IDIOM ►
Meaning 1
The baseball player has three strikes and is out for that time at bat.
Sentence 1
Strike out the batter.
Meaning 2
to fail at doing something.
Sentence 2
If he doesn't get the appointment, he will strike out. He tried to get the appointment and struck out.
IDIOM ►
Meaning 1
The fish took part of the line, the sinker (weights) and the hook in his mouth.
Sentence 1
The golden trout took the fly hook, line and sinker. (This practically never happens.)
Meaning 2
to believe someone completely
Sentence 2
He told me he loved me and I believed him, hook, line and sinker.
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.
IDIOM ►
Meaning 1
a stroke or blow with one or both arms, with or without an object, in a large arc. In many sports the player uses equipment, such as a bat, golf club, racquet, to hit a ball. He swings at the ball.
Sentence 1
In golf, keep your head down as you swing at the ball.
Meaning 2
to do something, to make something happen
Sentence 2
It will be a hard job, but I'll take a swing at it.