Daily Idioms & Phrases From The Hindu: 13 August 2017

1: Draw level

Meaning: to move into a position where you are equal to someone else in a race, game, or competition
Example: Bronze in the 400m proved to be a bittersweet consolation for US track legend Allyson Felix as she drew level with Jamaicans Merlene Ottey and Usain Bolt on having won 14 World Championships medals.

2: Stroll through

Meaning: to walk casually through something or some place
Example: Federer, Nadal stroll through
Let's stroll through a few shops and see what the prices are like here.

3: Crashed through

Meaning: to break through something forcefully.
Example: Felix crashed through into bronze in Wednesday’s 400m after Bahamas rival and race leader Shaunae Miller-Uibo faltered 20 metres from the finish line.

4: Edge out

Meaning: to beat someone in something such as a competition or election by a small amount
Example: Earlier , Jaipur Pink Panthers edged out Puneri Paltan( pune)

5: Drew first blood

Meaning: the initial advantage gained by one side in any game, contest or competition.
Example: Tamil Thalaivas drew first blood in the first minute as Prapanjan scored with a raid point

6: Wash out

Meaning: to fail and be removed from something such as school, to rain on or flood an event so that it must be cancelled
Example: I studied all I could, but I still washed out.

7: Rip up

Meaning: to tear something into small pieces, o decide that something such as a plan or an agreement is useless and stop using it
Example: Felix’s unheralded team-mate Phyllis Francis ripped up the form book to claim a shock gold, with Bahrain’s Salwa Eid Naser taking silver

8: Fit (or fill) the bill

Meaning: be suitable for a particular purpose.
Example: It is never easy to step into the shoes of a genuine all-rounder like Kapil or exude the multi-faceted dimensions that were intrinsic to Dhoni but Kohli & Co. are hoping that Pandya will somehow fit the bill.

9: Hold off

Meaning: to not do something immediately
Example: The 21-year-old former multi-eventer demonstrated all the strength he has acquired from competing as an all-rounder as he led from the first hurdle and was powerful enough to hold off his pursuers on the home straight to win in 48.35 seconds.

10: Step into someone's shoes

Meaning: Take someone's place
Example: It is never easy to step into the shoes of a genuine all-rounder like Kapil or exude the multi-faceted dimensions that were intrinsic to Dhoni but Kohli & Co. are hoping that Pandya will somehow fit the bill.

11: To pigeon hole

Meaning: to decide that someone or something belongs to a particular type or group, especially without knowing much about them
Example: Pandya is in an unenviable position, his role is one into which previous managements tried to pigeon-hole Ajit Agarkar, Irfan Pathan and more recently Stuart Binny

12: Dished out

Meaning: to give something too freely and in large amounts, to give out trouble, scoldings, criticism
Example: The 23-year old from Gujarat, a certainty in India’s limited-over squads, secured a berth in Tests during the current tour of Sri Lanka. At Galle and in Colombo, Pandya dished out quickfire knocks (50 and 20) and had bowling figures of 1/13, 0/21 and 2/31.

13: Bits and pieces

Meaning: small things of different types
Example: These are early days still but the numbers hint that Pandya could be more than a bits-and-pieces player, a species prevalent among Kapil’s men who won the 1983 World Cup. To top it, Pandya is excellent in the outfield.

14: Saw off

Meaning: deadlock or stalemate, a compromise
Example: Anand accepted the offer, saw off the offensive and then pushed a queenside pawn to the seventh rank.

15: On the hunt

Meaning: searching
Example: The police are still on the hunt for the escaped convicts

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