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2016年8月4日(木)

【Idioms used during sports】   *要点説明あり

Alana
 
(Contributed by Alana)
 
The Summer Olympics in Rio are just around the corner. This means there will be lots of sports talk on TV, on the radio, and in the Free Talk Room! There are a ton of great sports idioms that get thrown around during a game, and particularly during the weeks that the Olympics are on. Here are some of my favourite ones:
 
Down to the wire – this idiom comes from horse racing. It means when something is right at the end, like before a timer runs out or before a due date.
It’s coming down to the wire to win this game – there is only 1 minute left!
 
Front runner – this idiom comes from track and field. It means the person who is expected to win or be successful.
Bob is the frontrunner for the new manager position.
 
To get a second wind – this idiom comes from sailing. It means to have a burst of energy after getting tired.
I ran out of breath after running 2 kilometres, but I took a break for a few minutes and got a second wind and finished the race.
 
To hit below the belt – this idiom comes from martial arts. It means to do something that is cruel or unfair.
You hit me below the belt when you said I wasn’t smart enough to go to university.
 
To be out of someone’s league – this idiom is used in reference to any team sport. It means that you aren’t as good as someone else. It’s usually used in reference to dating.
I want to ask him on a date, but I think he’s out of my league.
 
These idioms can be used both in sports and outside of sports as well. See if you can hear them used during the Olympics this year! 
 
 

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《要点》
 

【スポーツで使われるイディオム】
 
・リオの夏のオリンピック・ゲームはもうすぐ。
・TVでも、ラジオでも、そしてFTRでも、スポーツ・トークが飛び交うでしょう。
・ゲーム中にも、オリンピックの開催中にも、さまざまなスポーツ関連のイディオムが使われるでしょう。
・そのなかでも、私のお気に入りのイディオムをご紹介します。
 
 
Down to the wire – 競馬から。締切ギリギリで時間がほとんどない状態を言います。
【例】It’s coming down to the wire to win this game – there is only 1 minute left!
 
Front runner – 陸上競技から。勝利または成功する可能性が最も高い人のこと。
【例】Bob is the frontrunner for the new manager position.
 
To get a second wind – ヨット競技から。疲れた後に元気を回復すること。
【例】I ran out of breath after running 2 kilometres, but I took a break for a few minutes and got a second wind and finished the race.
 
To hit below the belt – 武術から。ルール違反、フェアでない行動のこと。
【例】You hit me below the belt when you said I wasn’t smart enough to go to university.
 
To be out of someone’s league – チーム・スポーツから。他の人と釣り合わないこと。デートについてよく言われます。
【例】I want to ask him on a date, but I think he’s out of my league.
 
 
ここに挙げたイディオムはスポーツはもちろん、さまざまな場面で使われます。今年のオリンピックの期間中、聞かれることがあるかもしれませんね。
 
以上の要点はバーチャル英会話教室運営事務局により作成しております。

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