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In honor of the 2010 World Series (and the fact that we love the outcome) … we present the “Giants of Idioms:”

 

 

English language idioms derived from baseball

 

B
ballpark: in the ballpark, ballpark figure, and out of the ballpark
batting 1000 or batting a thousand
big league(s)
brush back
bush-league
C
cat bird seat, cat-bird seat or catbird seat
Charley horse
cleanup hitter
cover one’s bases; cover all the bases
curve, curveball
D
double header
down to the last out
ducks on a pond
E
extra innings
F
foot in the bucket
G
grand slam
ground ball
H
hardball, play hardball
heavy hitter
hit it out of the park or knock it out of the park
hit or miss
home run
I
inside baseball
“It ain’t over till it’s all over.”
“It’s like déjà vu all over again!”
K
knock the cover off the ball
L
late innings
leadoff hitter
left field
M
major league
Mendoza line
N
ninth inning
O
o-fer
off base
on deck
one base at a time
out of left field
P
pinch hit
pitch a shutout
play ball
play softball
R
rain check
rhubarb
right off the bat
S
“Say it ain’t so, Joe!”
screwball
shutout
softball
step up to the plate
strike
swing and miss
swing for the fences
switch-hitter
T
take cuts at someone
three strikes law
took the collar
touch base
W
wheelhouse
whiff
whole new ball game; brand new ball game; (a) whole ‘nother ball game

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Let’s see … we nave noticed a few GrammarGoofs with regards to these words, so, time for a post …

sight. n. something seen or worth seeing (the sights of San Francisco); the act of seeing; a device to aid the eyes in the aiming of a gun, etc.; aim or observation taken; the power or range of seeing (the bridge is in sight).

sight. v. to observe; to glimpse; to aim at; to adjust the sights of (as in a gun, etc.).sight-n

cite. v. to summon before a court of law; to quote; to mention by way of example; to mention in an official report as meritorious. (citation) The Grammar Police shall cite grammar offenders and may even hold them at the GrammarGallows site. And, good writers will always cite their sources (in a bibliography).

citation

site. n. (position) location or scene, as in construction or building. (Web site)

Believe it or not, we frequently see building plans that mention a “construction sight.”

site. v. to locate; to put into place for operation, as in artillery. That’s right … one sites a cannon. site

 

Now, just for fun, take a look through some of these idioms:

  • at first sight, at the first glimpse; at once: It was love at first sight.
  • at sight, immediately upon seeing, esp. without referring elsewhere for assurance, further information, etc.: to translate something at sight.Commerce. on presentation: a draft payable at sight.
  • catch sight of, to get a glimpse of; espy: We caught sight of the lake below.
  • know by sight, to recognize (a person or thing) seen previously: I know him by sight, but I know nothing about him.
  • not by a long sight, Informal. definitely not: Is that all? Not by a long sight.
  • on or upon sight, immediately upon seeing: to shoot him on sight; to recognize someone on sight.
  • out of sight, beyond one’s range of vision. Informal. beyond reason; exceedingly high: The price is out of sight. Slang. (often used interjectionally) fantastic; marvelous: a ceremony so glamorous it was out of sight.
  • sight for sore eyes, someone or something whose appearance on the scene is cause for relief or gladness.
  • sight unseen, without previous examination: to buy something sight unseen.

 More fun (wordplay):

A San Francisco vision center: “A Site for Sore Eyes

A foundation for the visually challenged: “OUTA Sight

An interactive love story: “Love at first Site

3D interactive environments development site: “Site to See

Know of more wordplay with these “sahyt” words? Please comment.

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