Idioms about sport

Idioms about sport

  • beat someone at their own game

    Meaning: to outdo someone using their own methods, tactics or specialty.

  • a lost ball in the weeds

    Meaning: The phrase a lost ball in the weeds refers to a person who is completely lost or confused and does not know what they are doing, how to do it or possibly even where they are.

  • a whole new ball game

    Meaning: a completely different situation.

  • as bald as a cue ball

    Meaning: completely bald.

  • back in the game

    Meaning: The phrase back in the game means resuming an action after an absence.

  • ball of fire

    Meaning: a person who is especially hard-working, high-achieving, ambitious, or active.

  • ball someone or something up

    Meaning: To make a mess of, destroy or ruin; to interfere with someone or something.; To roll something up into a ball.

  • ball-breaker

    Meaning: This refers either to a job or situation that is demanding and arduous and punishing or to a demanding woman who destroys men's confidence.

  • be new to the game

    Meaning: The phrase to be new to the game is an idiomatic expression that refers to a lack of experience in a particular activity.

  • be on the ball

    Meaning: to be well-informed and respond promptly.

  • beat a retreat

    Meaning: to leave hastily in the face of opposition.

  • beat oneself up

    Meaning: If you beat yourself up, you constantly criticize or question yourself, usually about something that you cannot change.

  • beats me

    Meaning: I don't know; I have no idea.

  • carry the ball

    Meaning: to take charge and control of an activity and be considered reliable enough to do a job.

  • come down on somebody like a ton of bricks

    Meaning: to hit or punish somebody.

  • come from behind

    Meaning: to win after being in a losing position in a game.

  • come to blows

    Meaning: to have fight or an argument with someone.

  • empty the tank

    Meaning: The phrase empty the tank means to make the utmost effort; to contribute to the absolute limit of one's energy and abilities.

  • fall at the final hurdle

    Meaning: If you fall at the final hurdle, you fail to accomplish something near the end of your attempt.

  • fall at the first hurdle

    Meaning: If you fall at the first hurdle, you fail to accomplish something at the very beginning of the attempt.

  • hop, skip, and a jump

    Meaning: If a place is a hop, skip, and a jump, it is only a short distance away.

  • in a dead heat

    Meaning: said when two or more competitors finish a race or a competition at exactly the same time or with exactly the same result.

  • it beats me

    Meaning: used to suggest that you don't understand something.

  • keep one's eye on the ball

    Meaning: to remain alert to the events occurring around oneself.

  • play ball

    Meaning: to cooperate and agree to work with others.

  • play hardball with someone

    Meaning: The phrase to play hardball with someone means to act rough and ruthless with someone.

  • run amok

    Meaning: To behave in a frenzied and out-of-control manner.

  • run ragged

    Meaning: If you are run ragged, you are completely tired of excessive effort or work.

  • set the ball rolling

    Meaning: start something, especially a conversation or a social event.

  • swim against the tide

    Meaning: The phrase swim against the tide means to do something that is in opposition to the prevailing opinion or tendency.

  • that beats everything

    Meaning: expressions of surprise.

  • the ball is in someone's court

    Meaning: When the ball is in someone's court they have to take action.

  • throw in the towel

    Meaning: to admit defeat.

  • track record

    Meaning: The phrase a track record is an idiomatic expression that refers to a person or organization's past performance in any type of endeavor.

  • wait for the ball to drop

    Meaning: To wait in expectation of an occurrence.

  • walk the talk

    Meaning: To do what one said one could do, or would do, not just making empty promises.

  • weekend warrior

    Meaning: A person who indulges in a sport or pastime on an infrequent basis, usually on weekends when work commitments are not present.

  • what beats me

    Meaning: said when you do not understand a situation or someone's behaviour.