| Idiom sport of origin
|| Example Sentence
| the ball is in your court tennis
|| it's your decision or responsibility to do something now
|| "Do you think I should accept the job offer?" "Don't ask me. The ball is in your court now".
| call the shots billiards
|| make the decisions
|| While our boss is on vacation, Bob will call the shots.
| get a head start horse racing
|| start before all others
|| They gave the walkers a head start in the run for cancer.
| get off the hook fishing
|| escape, have responsibility removed
|| The child got off the hook for stealing because the security camera was broken.
| give something or someone a fair shake gambling
|| try for a while before giving up
|| You should give Nadine a fair shake before you decide she isn't good enough for the job.
| get a second wind sailing
|| have a burst of energy after tiring
|| I was exhausted after 3 kilometres of running, but I got a second wind after I passed the beach.
| give one a run for one's money horseracing
|| try one's hardest to defeat another person
|| I know the other team is expected to win, but let's give them a run for their money tonight.
| go to bat for someone baseball
|| defend someone
|| Andy is asking for a salary increase, and I'm going to go to bat for him if the boss says no.
| have the upper hand cards
|| have a better chance of winning or succeeding
|| The Blues have the upper hand in the tournament, because none of their players is injured.
| hit below the belt martial arts
|| do or say something that is very unfair or cruel
|| Amanda was hitting below the belt when she called Adrian an unfit father.
| hold all the aces cards
|| expected to win or succeed
|| The children hold all the aces when it comes to the father-son baseball tournament.
| the home stretch baseball
|| almost the end
|| I think Alice's pregnancy is in the home stretch.
| hot shot (big shot) hunting
|| a person who thinks they are the best
|| Even though Luke only placed 20th in the ski race, he thinks he's a hot shot.
| keep one's head above water swimming
|| try not to fall behind in work or other duties
|| We are so busy during the tourist season I can barely keep my head above water.
| level playing field any field sport
|| everyone has an equal chance
|| The spelling bee is a level playing field because all of the kids are in grade nine.
| no sweat any sport
|| no problem
|| I told Lily it was no sweat for us to babysit next weekend.
| on target darts
|| doing the right thing to succeed
|| We are on target to meet our budget this month.
| on the ball baseball
|| ready and able
|| The new receptionist is really on the ball when it comes to answering the phone.
| out in left field baseball
|| nowhere near being true, nowhere near doing something correctly
|| All of the students laughed when Joe gave an answer that was out in left field.
| par for the course golf
|| an expected circumstance
|| Waiting in line is par for the course at Christmas time.
| race against time track
|| there is almost no time left to accomplish something
|| It's a race against time to find a kidney donor for my cousin.
| time out any sport
|| Let's take some time out and grab a coffee.
| under the table gambling
|| I don't have a work visa, so they have to pay me under the table.
| win hands down gambling
|| easy victory
|| The other team was missing half of its players. We won hands down.