Idioms related to sports
Last Modified: 16/12/2016
Remember? An idiom is a group of words in a fixed order that have a particular meaning that is different from the meanings of each word on its own.
Do you like sports? Do you know there are lots of idioms related to sports? Here are some examples:
- Something is 'a whole new ball game' if it is a completely different situation from how things were before.
- You 'beat someone at their own game' when you are able to defeat or triumph over someone by using the same methods they have used, but in a more successful way.
- When 'the ball's in someone's court', it's time for someone to deal with a problem or make a decision, because others have already done as much as they can.
- Someone is 'on the ball' if he or she is quick to understand and respond to things.
- You 'beat a retreat' when you are running away from a dangerous or unpleasant situation.
- You can say a team 'comes from behind' if it wins after being in a losing position in a game.
- Someone 'swims against the tide' if that person does not follow what everyone else is doing .
- You 'keep your eye on the ball' if you pay attention to events occurring around you.
- When you 'set the ball rolling', you are doing something that starts an activity or you are doing something to encourage others to do the same.
- You 'come to blows' if you have a physical fight or a serious argument with someone.