The Field Guide to Sports Metaphors

The Field Guide to Sports Metaphors

A Compendium of Competitive Words and Idioms

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The language of sports resonates beyond the grass and dirt of the local ball field because it is so evocative. The gridiron as a battlefield, the quarterback as the man in charge--these concepts slip seamlessly into the words of everyone from politicians to businesspeople. There are many metaphors we can quickly identify from the realm of recreation- ballpark figure (baseball), being caught flat footed (boxing) or having the inside track (horse racing) are all examples. But the English language is also peppered with not-so-obvious instances of sports and games influence like stymie (golf) and shoo-in (horse racing). Filled with pithy little entries on each idiom, plus quotes showing how the likes of President Barack Obama, President George W. Bush, and Donald Trump use them in a sentence, this quirky little handbook is sure to be a conversation starter at tailgates, cocktail parties, and in the boardroom.
Publisher: New York : Ten Speed Press, [2016]
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781607748113
Branch Call Number: 427 CHE 2017
Characteristics: 216 pages ; 19 cm
Alternative Title: Sports metaphors


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