Right Off the Bat

Meaning of Idiom ‘Right off the Bat’

Right off the bat means immediately; instantly; from the very beginning. 1Spears, Richard A. McGraw-Hill’s American Idioms Dictionary. Boston: McGraw Hill, 2008.,2Ayto, John. Oxford Dictionary of English Idioms. Oxford: Oxford U, 2010.,3Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.


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Examples Of Use

“This new manager took over today and started firing people right off the bat. I’m lucky to still have a job!”

“When can we meet for dinner?” asked Jane. “Not sure right off the bat. I’ll let you know in a few hours,” said John.

“The first time I put on ice skates I fell down right off the bat. Then I fell down again.”

“Right off the bat, I want to stress that this administration will be content with maintaining the status quo,” said the President.

right off the bat idiom meaning

Origin

Used since at least the 1890’s such as by the New York Times in 1899 B4engelsdorf, Peter. Idioms in the News – 1,000 Phrases, Real Examples. N.p.: Amz Digital Services, 2012.:

“Gov. Roosevelt said this afternoon that there need be no longer any doubt that the organization was backing up the bill “right off the bat.”

This idiom would appear to have derived from baseball and to allude to hitting a ball with a bat. When a player hits a ball in baseball, they begin to run the bases immediately after the ball has been hit, with no hesitation, thus “right off the bat.”

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Sources   [ + ]

1. Spears, Richard A. McGraw-Hill’s American Idioms Dictionary. Boston: McGraw Hill, 2008.
2. Ayto, John. Oxford Dictionary of English Idioms. Oxford: Oxford U, 2010.
3. Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.
4. engelsdorf, Peter. Idioms in the News – 1,000 Phrases, Real Examples. N.p.: Amz Digital Services, 2012.