Can You Finish These Common Sports-Related Sayings?

By: Becky Stigall
Estimated Completion Time
1 min
Can You Finish These Common Sports-Related Sayings?
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Under the gun, over the hurdle and in the home stretch. These are all examples of sports-related sayings we apply off the field. Can you finish each of these?
Argue the ____.
toss
call
both a and b
Either "toss" or "call" may be used here. This phrase means that you don't accept the decision of the official.
neither a nor b

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Armchair ___________.
recliner
dinner
quarterback
The expression is "armchair quarterback." An armchair quarterback is someone who critiques other players but does not appear to have any real skill himself.
tray

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The ____ is in your court.
frisbee
saucer
ball
The phrase is "The ball is in your court." This means that it's your turn.
net

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Batting a ________.
hundred
dozen
turn
thousand
The expression is "batting a thousand." It means you are error-free.

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Out in ____ field.
inner
out
right
left
The phrase is "out in left field." This means that you're acting, doing or saying something crazy.

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Beat them at their own ____.
time
outing
score
game
The phrase is "Beat them at their own game." This means that you adopt the tactics of your enemy in order to win.

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Beat him to the _____.
punch
The phrase is "Beat him to the punch." This means that you acted before the other person.
time
mat
goal

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Below ___.
deck
money
par
The expression is "below par." This phrase is used to describe something that is below standard.
tune

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Below the ____.
par
standard
belt
The expression is "below the belt." This means that something is done unfairly or unexpectedly (in a bad way).
knife

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Big ______.
hitter
The phrase is "big hitter" or "heavy hitter." This expression is used to refer to an important person.
spender
stuff
guy

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Blind_____.
sided
In sports, to get blindsided is to get hit without seeing it coming. Using this as a metaphor, it means that something happened unexpectedly.
alley
goat
man

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Blow by ____.
blow
The phrase is "blow by blow." This phrase means that something is described in detail, step by step.
bubble
catch
guy

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Can't get to _____ base.
catch
backward
night
first
The phrase is "can't get to first base." This means that you're having a hard time getting started with something.

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Cover all your _____.
corners
lights
bases
The expression is "Cover all your bases." This means that you are thinking of every possible scenario.
chairs

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Curve ____.
run
base
throw
ball
The phrase is "curve ball." This is something unexpected.

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In a ____ heat.
cross
dark
red
dead
The expression is "dead heat." This means that something is an exact tie.

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Down for the _____.
time
ball
count
A boxer who is "down for the count" is nearly out of the match. This expression is used to indicate that someone is losing, but not quite out.
game

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Drop the ____.
coin
pole
ball
The phrase is "drop the ball." This means that the person has not lived up to his her responsibilities.
court

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Fall at the first _____.
chance
stop
game
fence
The expression is "fall at the first fence." This means to fail early on. The phrase is also sometimes said as "fall at the first hurdle."

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At a fever _____.
broke
break
fast
pitch
The phrase is "at a fever pitch." This means that something has become a flurry of activity.

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Fighting ______.
chance
The expression is "fighting chance." It means that you have a reasonable chance of success.
grace
over
theory

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First out of the ____.
chair
gate
The phrase is "first out of the gate." This means that you are the first to get started doing something.
office
door

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Football's a game of two ______.
chances
hours
halves
The phrase is "football's a game of two halves." This means that fortunes may change.
minutes

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Foul ____.
course
grade
odor
play
The expression is "foul play." This means that a crime has taken place.

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Get the ____ rolling.
game
course
car
ball
The expression is to "get the ball rolling." This means to get something started.

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Come to _____.
score
grips
The expression is "come to grips." This means to accept something and deal with it.
down
mat

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Went down without a _____.
hair
cry
timer
fight
The expression is "went down without a fight." It means that someone didn't even try.

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Go the ________.
trial
game
out
distance
The phrase is "go the distance." It means to see something through to the finish.

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Go to ___ for.
court
bat
The phrase is "go to bat for." It means to stick up for someone.
net
ground

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Hail Mary ____.
game
pass
In football, a Hail Mary pass is the last pass of a game in a usually futile attempt to score points. This phrase is also used off the field to indicate that someone has done something desperate at the last minute. How exciting is it when a Hail Mary pass is successful?
prayer
church

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Have someone in your ______.
corner
This may also be said as "have someone in your court." This means that you have someone on your side.
room
team
net

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Hit the _____eye.
pot
bulls
The expression is to "hit the bullseye." This means to hit the mark that you were aiming for.
bad
right

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Home _______.
skillet
fries
stretch
The phrase is "home stretch." This is the last part of a journey, nearing the finish line.
sweet home

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In the ________.
course
ballpark
The expression is "in the ballpark." This means within a reasonable estimate.
idea
game

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Jump the ___.
fence
net
run
gun
The expression is "jump the gun." This typically means to assume too quickly or incorrectly.

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