On the Ropes

Meaning of Idiom ‘On the Ropes’ 1. When used to regarding boxing matches, on the ropes refers to a fighter who has been forced back against the ropes by his opponent and is leaning on them for support, making it difficult to defend himself. 1Henry, Jean. How to Play the Game: American English Sports & Games … Read more

Whole New Ball Game, a

Also: A different ball game Meaning of Idiom ‘A Whole New Ballgame’ A whole new ball game is a completely changed situation or set of circumstances. 1Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.,2Ayto, John. Oxford Dictionary of English Idioms. Oxford: Oxford U, 2010.  Want to see more videos from Idioms.Online? Subscribe to our YouTube … Read more

Throw In the Towel

Also: Throw in the sponge Meaning of Idiom ‘Throw in the Towel’ To throw in the towel means to quit or give up, admitting defeat. 1Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.,2Bengelsdorf, Peter. Idioms in the News – 1,000 Phrases, Real Examples. N.p.: Amz Digital Services, 2012.  Want to see more videos from Idioms.Online? Subscribe … Read more

A Shoo-in

Meaning of Idiom ‘A Shoo-in’ A shoo-in is something or someone who is certain or very likely to win. Often misspelled as shoe-in.  Want to see more videos from Idioms.Online? Subscribe to our YouTube channel! Examples Of Use “The Rebublican candidate is a shoo-in to win the race for Governor.” “Despite how unpopular he is, … Read more

Run Interference

Meaning of Idiom ‘Run Interference’ To run interference is to help someone accomplish something by dealing with potential problems so as to eliminate encumbrances or distractions; to intervene in order to help another person. Examples Of Use “Todd, my son’s school just called. He’s sick and I need to pick him up. Can you run interference … Read more

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.  Want to see more videos from Idioms.Online? Subscribe to … Read more

On the Ball, to be

Also: Have a lot on the ball Have something on the ball Get on the ball Meaning of Idiom ‘To Be On the Ball’ To be on the ball means to be highly competent, capable, skillful, proficient, etc.; to be highly aware of what is going on and be quick to understand and react appropriately to things. 1Ammer, … Read more

No Holds Barred

Used as an idiom since around 1940. Meaning of No Holds Barred Idiom No holds barred means a situation without any restrictions, where anything is permitted. Anything goes.  Want to see more videos from Idioms.Online? Subscribe to our YouTube channel! Usage No holds barred is often mispronounced as no holes barred. Examples Of Use “The press conference … Read more

Monday-morning Quarterback

Meaning of Idiom ‘Monday-Morning Quarterback’ A Monday morning quarterback is a person who dissects an event and tells others how it should have been dealt with after the event has happened. This person has the benefit of hindsight and already knowing what decisions were made and what outcomes occurred. So, a Monday morning quarterback is “wise after … Read more

Full-Court Press

Meaning of Full Court Press Idiom A full court press, when used as an idiom, refers to applying aggressive tactics using all the resources at your disposal to exert maximum pressure in order to achieve some desired outcome. Usage This expression can be used in any situation, but it is most often used in the world … Read more