LINGUISTICS & CULTURE
|Data:||19/JAN/2006 8:27 AM|
Mrob is 100% correct. Cricket is where the term began. The expression is now used to mean something very difficult that has been (can be) achieved. Just as you hear in Portuguese many soccer related expressions, this cricket expression is heard in English. Until recently, I had no idea that the term comes from cricket.
The sport of cricket is British. Some claim that it is the father of baseball, but there is another British game (I don't recall the name) that is much closer to baseball than cricket. I think of baseball as a slow game, but cricket can last for days.
to make/hit a homerun = to succeed
to make it to first base = to have an initial success that may lead to others
to make it to first/second/third base = expressions with sexual connotations
to strike out = to fail
the home team = colleagues, friends, coworkers
to knock one out of the park = to have a tremendous success
to field = to handle/answer (a question)
And I'm sure that there are many, many more....
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