Here is a list of idioms that come from other sports.
- a big fish in a small pond
meaning – someone who is important in a small area
example – Joe was a big fish in a small pond. When he went to uni, that all changed.
- balls up
meaning – do a task/activity very badly
example – I need to study hard this year. I don’t want to balls it up again.
- brownie points
meaning – imaginary points gained by doing good things
example – I’ve done lots of overtime this week. I’ve earned some brownie points with the boss.
- call the shots
meaning – be in charge, make the decisions
example – Luke is in charge of the project. He’ll be calling the shots.
- jog on
meaning – go away, disappear
example – The sleazy guy at the bar soon jogged on when my boyfriend arrived.
- on target
meaning – accurate, likely to achieve what you’ve planned
example – We’re still on target to meet the deadline. Keep up the good work.
- take the bull by the horns
meaning – confront a problem head on, be brave and direct
example – I’ve had enough of his bad attitude, I’ll take the bull by the horns and fire him.