Track and field is a sport which consists running, jumping, and throwing competitions. The running events take place around a track and the field events take place on the grass in the middle of the track.
track and field idioms and phrases
Many idioms originated from track and field and here is a list of them, the sports they are from and examples.
Track and field events that that involve jumping include the high jump, long jump, triple jump, and pole vault.
Here is a list of jumping idioms.
- in for the high jump
meaning – likely to be punished
example – When I find out who slashed my tyres, they’ll be in for the high jump.
- jump through hoops
meaning – complete many difficult challenges in order to achieve something
example – My friend has been jumping through hoops to get us tickets to Beyoncé.
- raise the bar
meaning – increase the quality/standard/expectations
example – The teacher said I raised the bar; it was the best poem she has ever read.
jumping idioms with pictures
Track and field events that that involve running include hurdles, sprints, and races of various distances.
Here is a list of running idioms.
- against the clock
meaning – in a hurry as there is little time
example – There was a crash on the M1, we’re against the clock now.
- change of pace
meaning – different from the normal
example – I’m moving to Canada; it’ll be a complete change of pace for me.
- cross the finish line
meaning – finish a job/task
example – After 3 years working on a high-profile case, I’ve finally crossed the finish line.
- fall at the first hurdle
meaning – fail at an early stage
example – My new business venture fell at the first hurdle. The bank wouldn’t give me a loan.
meaning – a leading contestant/team in a competition
example – Roger Federer is one of the front runners in Wimbledon this year.
- in the running
meaning – a contender in a competition
example – That song is amazing. It’s definitely in the running for Christmas number 1.
- jump the gun
meaning – do something before the appropriate time
example – I asked her to move in with me. I think I jumped the gun; we’ve only been dating for 2 months.
- lose track of time
meaning – unaware that so much time has passed
example – The date was great, we lost track of time and spent hours chatting.
- on your marks
meaning – get into your starting position ready to begin
example – On your marks, the exam is about to begin.
- out of the running
meaning – not a contender in a competition
example – If this scandal breaks, Lawler will be out of the running to become Chancellor.
- race against time
meaning – try to do something in a short amount of time
example – It as a race against time to get the injured cat to the vet.
- run out of time
meaning – have no time left to complete something
example – We’re running out of time. If we don’t fix the roof now, it’ll end up costing thousands.
- run with
meaning – be in charge of something and do it independently
example – Do you think I can trust Ryan to run with the case while I’m away?
- set the pace
meaning – determine the speed/rate
example – Ethel sold 20,000 units this week, she’s set the pace for the rest of us.
- snail’s pace
meaning – very slowly
example – My essay writing is going badly, I’m writing at a snail’s pace.
- toe the line
meaning – follow the rules
example – You’ve got to start toeing the line or you’ll get kicked out of school.
running idioms with pictures
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