Sports Idioms and Expressions In Everyday English – 英会話・英語 アミック


Many of the more frequently-used English idioms and expressions originate from sports. However these 10, and countless others, are now so commonplace that they’ve taken on lives of their own in our everyday speech.  

Term/Expression Origin Non-Sports Meaning Example sentence
Ballpark Baseball To give an estimated guess Could you ballpark an estimate on next month’s sales figures?
By a nose Horse racing To finish something by a slim margin of distance or time He won the election by a nose.
Down to the wire Horse racing To finish something at the last minute It came down to the wire, but I finished all my homework before class.
Off-base Baseball Something that is inappropriate  Her comments about my hair were way off-base.
Out of left field  Baseball A surprising or unexpected event The news about his firing came completely out of left field.
Par for the course Golf The expected behavior for a certain situation Andrew forgetting his umbrella is pretty par for the course.
Rain check Baseball To postpone an invitation to do something until a later date Can we take a rain check on our date tonight? I’ve had a long day.
Saved by the bell Boxing Spared from misfortune at the last instant by some outside force I was literally saved by the bell when the fire alarm went off during our test.
The ball is in my/his/her/your court Tennis Someone’s turn to take action next We’ve done everything we can to help him; the ball is in his court now. 






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