Sport – English idioms and sayings

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To make the first decisive move in a situation.
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to beat someone to the punch
I planned to go to China and write about it, but George beat me to the punch.
To carry through a course of action to completion.
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to go the distance
I started this project and I finished it, I went the distance.
If someone's behaviour or actions are not cricket, they are not honourable or moral.
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It's not cricket.
You cheated! That's not cricket!
To remain alert.
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to keep your eye on the ball
We can't leave it simmering, we have to keep our eyes on the ball.
To try to persuade people to support you or give you something.
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to (make a) pitch for something
Advertisements' main goal is to make a pitch for something.
To have a high personal energy level.
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to have get-up-and-go
I just can't get up in the morning. My get-up-and-go is very low recently.
To be careful and avoid any risk
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to play it safe
When taking care of a baby you have to play it safe.
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