Learn English Sentences Everyday [sports (2)]

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(1). Kick off (to start)
Good Morning everyone. Shall we kick off the meeting then? (Football)

(2). On target (making good progress and likely to achieve what has been planned)
It looks like we are pretty much on target with this project. (Archery)

(3). Up to scratch (to be of a good standard)
I know we have a great team whose work is really up to scratch. (Track and Field)

(4). Know the ropes (to be able to do something well)
Our new Sales Director has a lot of experience and really knows all the ropes. (Sailing)

(5). Ballpark figure (a rough estimate)
Can you give me a ballpark figure on the total sales costs? (Baseball)

(6). Jump the gun (to do something too soon, especially without thinking about it carefully)
We still have some costs to factor in and I don’t want to jump the gun. (Track and Field)

(7). In pole position (to be in the best possible position)
We are in pole position to win the contract. (Motor Racing)

(8). Neck and neck (to have the same chance of winning as someone else)
We are neck and neck with our competitors, so we really need to work hard to maintain our market share. (Horse Racing)

(9). The ball in our court (to be in a position to make the next step)
We have done what we can, the ball is in your court now. (Tennis)

(10). Take our eye off the ball (to make a mistake, especially by doing something carelessly)
We really cannot take our eye off the ball with this deal as it will be a real winner for us. (Football)

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