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Southpaws & Sunday punches : and other sporting expressions

Author: Christine Ammer
Publisher: New York : Dutton, ©1993.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Sports fans, word lovers, word slingers, word users, and readers alike--get ready for an "all-star lineup" of 500 words and phrases from the world of athletics that have made their way into common speech. It's right "on the button", not only with intriguing facts about their origins, but also with irresistible anecdotes about "odds-on-favorite" sports greats (and even a few "also-rans"). Terms from baseball, boxing,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Dictionaries
Terminology
Terms and phrases
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Christine Ammer
ISBN: 0525936475 9780525936473
OCLC Number: 28631169
Notes: Includes index.
Description: 262 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Other Titles: Southpaws and Sunday punches
Responsibility: Christine Ammer.

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Sports fans, word lovers, word slingers, word users, and readers alike--get ready for an "all-star lineup" of 500 words and phrases from the world of athletics that have made their way into common speech. It's right "on the button", not only with intriguing facts about their origins, but also with irresistible anecdotes about "odds-on-favorite" sports greats (and even a few "also-rans"). Terms from baseball, boxing, football, basketball, hockey, cricket, and rugby pepper the English language whether the subject is war (General Schwarzkopf called an "impossible" yet successful Allied troops maneuver during the Gulf War a "hail Mary play") or love (she's "on the rebound"). Sports metaphors and imagery are perfect for conveying the drama or the daffiness of life. Baseball alone has given us "southpaw" (a left-handed pitcher), "go to bat", "coming out of left field", "playing hardball". It was originally boxers who had to "go the distance" unless they were "saved by the bell". And "kingpins" were the prime targets for bowlers long before the DEA started knocking them over too. These are just a few of the "grand slam" word treats explored in this "Hall of Fame" collection that gives every sports lover, reader, and speaker a "ringside seat" on the "inside track". Only an "oddball" who "doesn't know the score" would "stay on the sidelines" or "take a rain check".--Dust jacket.

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