- What is track and field?
- track and field idioms and phrases
- jumping idioms
- running idioms
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.
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.
meaning – likely to be punished
example – When I find out who slashed my tyres, they’ll be in for the high jump.
meaning – complete many difficult challenges in order to achieve something
example – My friend has been jumping through hoops to get us tickets to Beyoncé.
meaning – increase the quality/standard/expectations
example – The teacher said I raised the bar; it was the best poem she has ever read.
Track and field events that that involve running include hurdles, sprints, and races of various distances.
Here is a list of running idioms.
meaning – in a hurry as there is little time
example – There was a crash on the M1, we’re against the clock now.
meaning – different from the normal
example – I’m moving to Canada; it’ll be a complete change of pace for me.
meaning – finish a job/task
example – After 3 years working on a high-profile case, I’ve finally crossed the finish line.
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.
meaning – a contender in a competition
example – That song is amazing. It’s definitely in the running for Christmas number 1.
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.
meaning – unaware that so much time has passed
example – The date was great, we lost track of time and spent hours chatting.
meaning – get into your starting position ready to begin
example – On your marks, the exam is about to begin.
meaning – not a contender in a competition
example – If this scandal breaks, Lawler will be out of the running to become Chancellor.
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.
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.
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?
meaning – determine the speed/rate
example – Ethel sold 20,000 units this week, she’s set the pace for the rest of us.
meaning – very slowly
example – My essay writing is going badly, I’m writing at a snail’s pace.
meaning – follow the rules
example – You’ve got to start toeing the line or you’ll get kicked out of school.