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The Most Annoying Sports Metaphors and Idioms 

Amy Boal
Updated December 7, 2018 913 votes 176 voters 4.7k views 31 items

List Rules Any idioms or metaphors rooted in the world of sports that are overused in daily life and really get your goat. No similies please.

Welcome to an idioms list for a very special kind of idiom. It's the sports idiom and we can all agree that they are just the worst. These sports metaphors and idioms are pretty annoying when used in casual, everyday conversation, and especially in a business setting. Carol really hit it out of the park, huh? Why not just say she did a great job? That sounds like a perfectly fine way to put that!

What is an idiom? The dictionary says it's "a group of words established by usage as having a meaning not deducible from those of the individual words." You can decipher that on your own time. Basically it is a weird phrase that people say to mean something else entirely, and many of them are sports-related. You've definitely heard them. They are things like "play the field," "fumble the ball," and "down to the wire." Some you maybe didn't know were sports metaphors, but now that you do, maybe they will annoy you even more than before. You're welcome!

This isn't to say that sports aren't fun. Lots of people love them and that is really great! The thing is, they can stay out of your emails and your meetings and your elevator small talk very easily.

So, peruse this sports metaphors list and upvote the sports idioms with which you have just plain had it up to here. Plus, if there is a sport idiom that isn't listed here, but is common around your workplace and/or with your friend group and you wish it would go away forever, feel free to add it to this list and maybe someone will take notice.
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Win Some, You Lose Some ... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Annoying Sports Metaphors and Idioms
Paul Nyhart added Win Some, You Lose Some
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Play to Win the Game is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Annoying Sports Metaphors and Idioms
Paul Nyhart added Play to Win the Game
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Monday Morning Quarterba... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Annoying Sports Metaphors and Idioms
Monday Morning Quarterback
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Take It on the Chin is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Annoying Sports Metaphors and Idioms
Take It on the Chin
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Par for the Course is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Annoying Sports Metaphors and Idioms
Par for the Course
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Roll with the Punches is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Annoying Sports Metaphors and Idioms
Roll with the Punches
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Play the Field is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Annoying Sports Metaphors and Idioms
Play the Field
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Full-Court Press is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Annoying Sports Metaphors and Idioms
Full-Court Press
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Get the Ball Rolling is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Annoying Sports Metaphors and Idioms
Get the Ball Rolling
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Throw in the Towel is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Annoying Sports Metaphors and Idioms
Throw in the Towel
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Any Given Sunday is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Annoying Sports Metaphors and Idioms
Paul Nyhart added Any Given Sunday
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The Gloves Are Off is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Annoying Sports Metaphors and Idioms
The Gloves Are Off
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Slam Dunk is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Annoying Sports Metaphors and Idioms
Slam Dunk
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Go the Distance is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Annoying Sports Metaphors and Idioms
Go the Distance
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Win by a Nose is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Annoying Sports Metaphors and Idioms
Win by a Nose
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Fumble the Ball is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Annoying Sports Metaphors and Idioms
Fumble the Ball
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Down to the Wire is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Annoying Sports Metaphors and Idioms
Down to the Wire
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Down for the Count is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Annoying Sports Metaphors and Idioms
Down for the Count
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Grand slam home run is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Annoying Sports Metaphors and Idioms
dnsteinle added Grand slam home run
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Hit It Out of the Park ... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Annoying Sports Metaphors and Idioms
Hit It Out of the Park
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Hustle is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Annoying Sports Metaphors and Idioms
-1456082551498 added Hustle
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Drop the Ball is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Annoying Sports Metaphors and Idioms
Drop the Ball
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Move the Goal Posts is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Annoying Sports Metaphors and Idioms
Move the Goal Posts
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Swing for the fences is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Annoying Sports Metaphors and Idioms
NamanJain added Swing for the fences
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Come Out Swinging is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Annoying Sports Metaphors and Idioms
Come Out Swinging