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
to catch an ocean wave at the narrow window of time when it is possible.
Sentence 1
Part of what make Mary such a great surfer is she knows exactly how to catch the curl every time.
Meaning 2
to do something at just the right moment
Sentence 2
Great job, you caught the curl: if you invested any earlier or later, then you would not have been able to make so much return on those stocks.
IDIOM ►
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.

IDIOM ►
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.

IDIOM ►
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.
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
Surfing positions where surfer has all ten toes are hanging off the front (nose) of the board.
Sentence 1
Always loving to show off, the surfer is hanging ten for the crowd's amusement.
Meaning 2
To lie back and relax.
Sentence 2
I had a long and exhausting week, so I am just going to hang ten all weekend.