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A GLOSSARY OF SPORTING TERMS FOR NONATHLETES
Stephen Birmingham
August 08, 1960
BALLOONING Weigh-off: to sail away in a balloon, a phrase to be used with great caution.
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August 08, 1960

A Glossary Of Sporting Terms For Nonathletes

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BALLOONING
Weigh-off: to sail away in a balloon, a phrase to be used with great caution.

BASEBALL
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 away."

BASKETBALL
Ack-ack: said of a player who shoots at the basket all the time.

CHESS
Pushing wood: said of a player who obviously doesn't know what to do, and makes futile pawn moves.

DIVING
Cannon wreck: skin-diver's term for an old wreck.

FISHING
Kill: as to kill a salmon, not catch one.

FOX HUNTING
Length: for distance—e.g., "We came to grief 20 lengths from the brook."

RACING

Leaky roof: a poor track, as "the leaky roof circuit."
Stiffed: a horseplayer's word for the heavy losses he experienced.

SAILING
Fetch: a yachtsman's word for reaching a certain point.

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