I never realised that there were so many idioms that revolved around sport.
We looked at a few that refer to any sport:
take sides (any sport) - choose a person or group to support - I hate to take sides, but I think Jerry is right about the paint colour.
at this stage in the game (any sport) - at this time - Nobody knows who is going to win the election at this stage in the game.
blow the competition away (any sport) - win easily - If you wear that dress to the beauty pageant you are going to blow the competition away.
settle a score with someone (any sport) - get even with a person after a previous battle - My brother wants to settle the score with that guy who stole my wallet.
no sweat (any sport) - no problem - I told Lily it was no sweat for us to babysit next weekend.
make the cut (any sport) - be chosen to be part of a team or group - I didn't get a second interview, so
I'm pretty sure I won't make the cut.
time out (any sport) – break - Let's take some time out and grab a coffee.
And then we looked at a few that refer more specifically to gambling and cards. Cards and gambling
under the table (gambling) – illegally - I don't have a work visa, so they have to pay me under the table.
win hands down (gambling) - easy victory - The other team was missing half of its players. We won hands down.
not playing with a full deck (of cards) (cards) - not having full brain capacity - I think Jerry was still drunk at work on Sunday because he wasn't playing with a full deck.
across the board (cards) - equal for everyone - Ten percent raises were given across the board.
hold all the aces (cards) - expected to win or succeed - The children hold all the aces when it comes to the father-son baseball tournament.
chip in (gambling) - help by donating money or time - The staff members chipped in 5 dollars each to buy Jody a birthday gift.
give something or someone a fair shake (gambling) - try for a while before giving up - You should give Nadine a fair shake before you decide she isn't good enough for the job.
have the upper hand (cards) - have a better chance of winning or succeeding - The Blues have the upper hand in the tournament, because none of their players is injured.
Well done everyone @Shiny03
for coming up with examples using these idioms.
On Wednesday we will look at some more. I will also look to see if I can find subtitles for Porridge!