Origins of Sports Idioms in the English Language

TLDR Many idioms and phrases in the English language have their origins in various sports, including boxing, horse racing, soccer, American football, basketball, and baseball. These idioms and phrases are used regularly in everyday language, even if their original sport is unknown.

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00:00 Idioms and phrases in the English language often have their origins in the world of sports, making them difficult to understand without knowledge of the cultural context.
02:12 Many idioms and phrases in the English language have their origins in boxing, such as "beat someone to the punch" and "throw in the towel."
04:06 Horse racing has given us idioms such as "going down to the wire," "winning by a nose," and "finishing under the wire."
06:02 Sports idioms such as "out of your league," "watching from the sidelines," "keep your eye on the ball," "drop the ball," "sticky wicket," "stumped," and "hat trick" have origins in various sports including association football, baseball, and cricket.
07:52 In soccer, scoring an own goal means doing something against your own interest, while moving the goalposts refers to changing the objective or rules of something while it's occurring; in American football, calling an audible means changing plans at the last moment, throwing a Hail Mary means attempting a dramatic play in the closing seconds of a game, doing an end run means avoiding official channels, running interference means paving the way for someone else, and a Monday morning quarterback is someone who comments on something with the benefit of hindsight.
09:43 Basketball has contributed idioms such as "slam dunk" and "full court press," while baseball has given us idioms like "hit it out of the park," "grand slam," and "off base."
11:36 The English language is heavily influenced by sports, with numerous idioms and phrases that we use regularly, even if we don't know their original sport.
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