Weigh-off: to sail away in a balloon, a phrase to be used with great
The book: This gives you a chance to really show off. In most sports it implies
routine performance "by the book"—i.e., without inspiration. To
baseball players, however, it means action on the basis of proved principles or
a player's known weaknesses—i.e., "The book says to pitch him high and
Ack-ack: said of a player who shoots at the basket all the time.
Pushing wood: said of a player who obviously doesn't know what to do, and makes
futile pawn moves.
Cannon wreck: skin-diver's term for an old wreck.
Kill: as to kill a salmon, not catch one.
Length: for distance—e.g., "We came to grief 20 lengths from the
Leaky roof: a poor track, as "the leaky roof
Stiffed: a horseplayer's word for the heavy losses he experienced.
Fetch: a yachtsman's word for reaching a certain point.