A Sporting Chance

Neil McMahon

ABS

Challenge Your English

Sunday 25th March 2012

A Sporting Chance

Neil McMahon

ABS

Challenge Your English

Sunday 25th March 2012

Let’s set sail:

A Sporting Chance

sail

overboard

ride

berth

ship

wind

rope

waves

bail

tack

sheet

Let’s set sail:

A Sporting Chance

sail

overboard

ride

berth

ship

wind

rope

waves

bail

tack

sheet

Give that boy

a wide _____.

He’s bad news.

Let’s set sail:

A Sporting Chance

Laura always

runs a tight _____.

He didn't get a

good evaluation.

It really took the_____

out of his _____.

 Don't go _____

on decorations

for the party.

The prime minister

decided to_____out

the scandal.

sail

overboard

ride

berth

ship

wind

berth

ship

overboard

ride

wind

sails

Give that boy

a wide _____.

He’s bad news.

Let’s set sail:

A Sporting Chance

Laura always

runs a tight _____.

He didn't get a

good evaluation.

It really took the_____

out of his _____.

 Don't go _____

on decorations

for the party.

The prime minister

decided to_____out

the scandal.

sail

overboard

ride

berth

ship

wind

berth

ship

overboard

ride

wind

sails

Let’s set sail:

A Sporting Chance

He _____ through

that assignment.

You'll soon learn the

_____of this job.

Don't make ______

for the boss.

She is under pressure.

He's seven _____

to the _____. Who's the

designated driver?

Let's take a new _____

to the problem. We

aren't getting a solution.

sail

rope

waves

bail

tack

sheet

wind

tack

sheets

wind

sailed

ropes

waves

The government is

______ out the

savings and

loan banks

bailing

Let’s set sail:

A Sporting Chance

He _____ through

that assignment.

You'll soon learn the

_____of this job.

Don't make ______

for the boss.

She is under pressure.

He's seven _____

to the _____. Who's the

designated driver?

Let's take a new _____

to the problem. We

aren't getting a solution.

sail

rope

waves

bail

tack

sheet

wind

tack

sheets

wind

sailed

ropes

waves

The government is

______ out the

savings and

loan banks

bailing

Baseball

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Baseball

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 Let's play ball!

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 Let's play ball!

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 Let's play ball!

the plate

loaded bases

a rain check

first base

the minor leagues

a ball park

a curve ball

a pitch

A Sporting Chance

 Let's play ball!

the plate

loaded bases

a rain check

first base

the minor leagues

a ball park

a curve ball

a pitch

A Sporting Chance

 Let's play ball!

the plate

loaded bases

a rain check

first base

the minor leagues

a ball park

a curve ball

a pitch

A Sporting Chance

 Let's play ball!

the plate

loaded bases

a rain check

first base

the minor leagues

a ball park

a curve ball

a pitch

A Sporting Chance

He made a good pitch for the party at last night’s dinner.

A Sporting Chance

He made a good pitch for the party at last night’s dinner.

A Sporting Chance

He threw me a curve ball when he asked me about the figures.

A Sporting Chance

He threw me a curve ball when he asked me about the figures.

A Sporting Chance

I need a ball park figure on what it will cost.

A Sporting Chance

I need a ball park figure on what it will cost.

A Sporting Chance

Go to the big boss; that bloke’s a minor leaguer

A Sporting Chance

Go to the big boss; that bloke’s a minor leaguer

A Sporting Chance

I wish I could get to first base with her.

A Sporting Chance

I wish I could get to first base with her.

A Sporting Chance

We sure dropped the ball that time.

A Sporting Chance

We sure dropped the ball that time.

A Sporting Chance

We need to play hardball this time.

A Sporting Chance

We need to play hardball this time.

A Sporting Chance

Do you mind if we take a rain check on that dinner?

A Sporting Chance

Do you mind if we take a rain check on that dinner?

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 Our bases are loaded. We should win hands down.

A Sporting Chance

 Our bases are loaded. We should win hands down.

A Sporting Chance

I need to touch base with the missus.

A Sporting Chance

I need to touch base with the missus.

A Sporting Chance

We need someone to step up to the plate or we’re done for.

A Sporting Chance

We need someone to step up to the plate or we’re done for.

It’s just not cricket

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It’s just not cricket

A Sporting Chance

It’s just not cricket

A Sporting Chance

It’s just not cricket

A Sporting Chance

It’s just not cricket

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1. To be bowled over

meaning: To be astonished, greatly surprised and excited, left speechless.

Example: I saw Morrissey live in concert last month and I was bowled over by his performance.

It’s just not cricket

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1. To be bowled over

meaning: To be astonished, greatly surprised and excited, left speechless.

Example: I saw Morrissey live in concert last month and I was bowled over by his performance.

It’s just not cricket

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2. To hit for six

Meaning: To be deeply shocked or hurt (by someone/thing)

Example: When my wife left me it really hit me for six.

It’s just not cricket

A Sporting Chance

2. To hit for six

Meaning: To be deeply shocked or hurt (by someone/thing)

Example: When my wife left me it really hit me for six.

It’s just not cricket

A Sporting Chance

3. A sticky wicket

Meaning: A difficult situation

Example: 3. "If she carries on like this she won’t pass the year and will have to repeat",

"Yes, she’s really on a sticky wicket."

It’s just not cricket

A Sporting Chance

3. A sticky wicket

Meaning: A difficult situation

Example: 3. "If she carries on like this she won’t pass the year and will have to repeat",

"Yes, she’s really on a sticky wicket."

It’s just not cricket

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4. It's not cricket

Meaning: to play unfairly or against the rules of fair play

Example: "In order to get the job he lied about his experience and criticised the other candidates,"
“But that’s just not cricket"

It’s just not cricket

A Sporting Chance

4. It's not cricket

Meaning: to play unfairly or against the rules of fair play

Example: "In order to get the job he lied about his experience and criticised the other candidates,"
“But that’s just not cricket"

It’s just not cricket

A Sporting Chance

5. To stump (to be stumped)

Meaning: to have no idea, to be confronted by a problem you can't find the solution to.

Example: The exam was going well until they asked me a question about the Russian Revolution and I was completely stumped.

It’s just not cricket

A Sporting Chance

5. To stump (to be stumped)

Meaning: to have no idea, to be confronted by a problem you can't find the solution to.

Example: The exam was going well until they asked me a question about the Russian Revolution and I was completely stumped.

Play or Pass – Card playing idioms

A Sporting Chance

keep your cards close to your chest

have the cards piled against you

put your cards on the table

force someone’s hand

follow trumps

an ace up your sleeve

on the cards

when the cards are down

hedge your bets

above board

dealt a bad card

come up trumps

come within a joker of

in spades

up the ante

hold all the aces

Play or Pass – Card playing idioms

A Sporting Chance

keep your cards close to your chest

have the cards piled against you

put your cards on the table

force someone’s hand

follow trumps

an ace up your sleeve

on the cards

when the cards are down

hedge your bets

above board

dealt a bad card

come up trumps

come within a joker of

in spades

up the ante

hold all the aces

Play or Pass – Card playing idioms

A Sporting Chance

keep your cards close to your chest

have the cards piled against you

put your cards on the table

force someone’s hand

follow trumps

an ace up your sleeve

on the cards

when the cards are down

hedge your bets

above board

dealt a bad card

come up trumps

come within a joker of

in spades

up the ante

hold all the aces

have the cards

stacked against

you

when the chips

are down

dealt a bad

hand

come within an

ace of

follow suit

Play or Pass – Card playing idioms

A Sporting Chance

keep your cards close to your chest

have the cards piled against you

put your cards on the table

force someone’s hand

follow trumps

an ace up your sleeve

on the cards

when the cards are down

hedge your bets

above board

dealt a bad card

come up trumps

come within a joker of

in spades

up the ante

hold all the aces

have the cards

stacked against

you

when the chips

are down

dealt a bad

hand

come within an

ace of

follow suit

  • the ball is in your court

A Sporting Chance

tennis

  • the ball is in your court

A Sporting Chance

tennis

2. you’re barking up the wrong tree

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hunting

2. you’re barking up the wrong tree

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hunting

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3. she calls the shots

pool / billiards

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3. she calls the shots

pool / billiards

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4. we all chipped in

cards

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4. we all chipped in

cards

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5. it’s going down to the wire

horse racing

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5. it’s going down to the wire

horse racing

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6. you’ll soon get into the swing of things

tennis

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6. you’ll soon get into the swing of things

tennis

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7. he’s off the hook

fishing

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7. he’s off the hook

fishing

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8. they gave us a run for our money

horse racing

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8. they gave us a run for our money

horse racing

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9. don’t jump the gun

track

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9. don’t jump the gun

track

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10. she’s just about keeping her head above water

swimming

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10. she’s just about keeping her head above water

swimming

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11. it’s never been a level playing field

field sports

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11. it’s never been a level playing field

field sports

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12. he might not make the cut

golf

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12. he might not make the cut

golf

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13. it’s neck and neck

horse racing

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13. it’s neck and neck

horse racing

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14. it’s no sweat off my nose

boxing

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14. it’s no sweat off my nose

boxing

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15. that sounds par for the course

golf

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15. that sounds par for the course

golf

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16. there’s plenty of other fish in the sea

fishing

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16. there’s plenty of other fish in the sea

fishing

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17. it was a bit of a shot in the dark

hunting

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17. it was a bit of a shot in the dark

hunting

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18. he’s skating on thin ice if you ask me

skating

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18. he’s skating on thin ice if you ask me

skating

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19. I’m never going to throw in the towel

boxing

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19. I’m never going to throw in the towel

boxing

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20. she’ll win hands down, just you wait

cards

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20. she’ll win hands down, just you wait

cards

A Sporting Chance

ABS

Challenge Your English

Sunday 25th March 2012

Thanks for coming – keep in touch!

Neil McMahon

@mcneilmahon

amuseamuses.wordpress.com

neil@ih-buenosaires.com

A Sporting Chance

ABS

Challenge Your English

Sunday 25th March 2012

Thanks for coming – keep in touch!

Neil McMahon

@mcneilmahon

amuseamuses.wordpress.com

neil@ih-buenosaires.com