Sports idioms

Here is a list of sports idioms. Each idiom is followed by its meaning or definition. Example sentences are also given.

Ball is in your court

When the ball is in your court, it is your turn to act or speak.

We have told them what we want, so the ball is in their court right now.

Have a ball

When you have a ball, you enjoy yourself.

The trip was great fun. We had a ball.

Start the ball rolling

To start the ball rolling is to start an activity.

Let’s start the ball rolling by inviting the first participant to the stage.

That is the way the ball bounces

This expression is used to suggest that things do not always work out as planned.

He didn’t get the job, but never mind – that is the way the ball bounces.

Whole new ball game

If something is a whole new ball game, it is a very different situation.

It is true that she has participated in some stage programs, but acting is a whole new ball game.

Dive in headfirst

To dive in headfirst is to do something without thinking about the consequences.

He agreed to volunteer for the club without realizing that it involved working late hours. He always dives in headfirst.

Fishing expedition

If someone is on a fishing expedition, they are trying to obtain private information in any way possible.