60 SPORTS IDIOMS for BUSINESS (part 2)

60 SI 4 Biz P2Part 2 of our 3 part series has 20 more sports idioms for business that will surely GET YOU INTO THE SWING of things at your next meeting. Judging by the response from part 1, we’re BATTING A THOUSAND!

STEP UP TO THE PLATE and make sure you are UP TO PAR with these common boardroom beauties!

Here are the next 20.

Check back next week for part 3.

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Grand slam (home run) baseball

Means to achieve the best result

His incredible presentation was a grand slam with the client.
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Hand the torch/baton to (someone) running

Means to pass the responsibilities to another

His father decided to hand the torch to his son upon retiring.

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Have the inside track horse racing

Means to have an advantage or more knowledge about something

I had the inside track due to following their website for months.

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Have the upper hand poker

Means to have an advantage at something

His years of experience gave him the upper hand.

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Home stretch horse racing

Means to be nearing the finish

After months of preparation they were in the home stretch.

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In full swing golf

Means to be underway, in the middle of something

The product roll-out was in full swing when the system broke down.

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In the homestretch horse racing

Means the final phases of something

Almost ready, the preparations were in the homestretch.

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Jump the gun track

Means to begin something before the start time

I jumped the gun by announcing the product before it was ready.

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Keep your eye on the ball baseball

Means to pay attention

He needed to keep his eye on the ball to avoid problems.

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Kick off (something) or kick (something) off American football

Means to start something

The company kick off of the new product was ready to start.

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Kick (something) around soccer

Means to brainstorm about an idea

The team kicked the idea around before deciding it would work.

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Learn the ropes sailing

Means to learn the way to do something

In the beginning, you will just be learning the ropes.

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Long shot hunting

Means taking a chance at a difficult accomplishment

Due to poor judgement by management, success is a long shot.

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Make the cut any team sport

Means to beat out others chosen for a team or group

My language skills need work, so I’m sure I won’t make the cut.

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Monday morning quarterback American football

Means to say what should have been done in hindsight

As usual, the foolish manager was a Monday morning quarterback with his advice.

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No holds barred wrestling

Means without restraints

There were no holds barred during the sales meeting after their poor performance.

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Not cricket cricket

Means to play unfairly, to not use gentlemanly conduct

The way that the government treated the union leader was not cricket.

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Not up to par golf

Means to not be good enough for the standard

The report isn’t up to par for the work we do here.

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Off the mark running

Means to be inaccurate or incorrect

His overblown figures were way off the mark.

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(Be) on the ball any ball sports

Means to be alert

He needs to be on the ball to succeed.

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Check back next week for part 3.

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Rob Howard is the owner of Online Language Center. He is a teacher, tutor, trainer, material designer and author for English as a foreign language. He is also a consultant and has been a frequent speaker internationally regarding online retention as well as using technology in and out of the classroom. Originally from Boston, Massachusetts in the U.S., he is currently residing in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. You may e-mail him at rob@onlinelanguagecenter.com.

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