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not playing with a full deck(chiefly US, Canada) (of a person) Not acting completely sanely, or mildly mentally retarded or diminished.
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knock upTo gently hit the ball back and forth before a tennis match, as practice or warm-up, and to gauge the state of the playing surface, lighting, etc. See knock-up.
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strike upTo start something, usually playing live music.
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ace of spadesThe playing card belonging to the spades suit and featuring one pip.
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between the pipesBetween the goalposts; with respect to or playing the position of goaltender.
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body EnglishA body motion made to coax an object already propelled go in a desired direction. For example, a nervous leaning or twisting movement while playing sports such as golf or bowling, to "persuade" the ball to go in a desired direction.
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boys will be boysIt is hard, often fruitless, to attempt to curb the natural playfulness and tendency to mischief of most growing boys.1922, James Joyce, Ulysses Chapter 13But just then there was a slight altercation between Master Tommy and Master Jacky. Boys will be boys and our two twins were no exception to this golden rule.Even grown men usually remain somewhat boyish in heart"Boys will be boys", grinned grandpa while he joined his adult son playing with the fancy train-set he gave his grandson for Christmas while the kid was in school.
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come inTo join or enter; to begin playing with a group.
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forty minutes of hellThe NCAA strategy of playing a suffocating full-court press and aggressive offense for the entirety of a game.
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home teamThe team that's playing in the usual area that they play in, as opposed to the visitor team.
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in touchThe ball, or a player, is in touch when it, or he, is outside the playing area or touching the touchlines of the playing area.
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kingA playing card with the image of a king on it.
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level upTo progress to the next level of player character stats and abilities. Often used in role-playing games when the character has aquired enough experience points.
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off one's gamePlaying or competing below one's usual level of performance.
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on the hopPlaying truant from school.
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park the busTo attempt to stop the opposition team from scoring a goal by playing extremely defensively and placing as many players as possible behind the ball.
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pickin' and grinninVigorously playing folk or country music on a stringed musical instrument, especially the guitar or banjo, while smiling broadly.
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pickin' and grinnin'Vigorous playing of folk or country music on a stringed musical instrument, especially the guitar or banjo, while smiling broadly.
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pull my fingerA phrase used when playing a prank regarding flatulence, in which a mark is asked to pull the finger of the person playing the prank, who simultaneously flatulates so as to suggest a causal relationship between the pulling of the finger and the resulting expulsion of gas.
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second fiddleThe person playing second fiddle.
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see redTo receive a red card, and be dismissed from the playing field.
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take the fieldTo go out onto the playing field.
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telephone tagA situation in which a person unsuccessfully attempts to contact another person by telephone and leaves a message instead, and in which the second person then unsuccessfully attempts to return the initial call and leaves a message for the first person, and so on as if the two are playing a game of tag in which the most recent person to have been left with a message is now designated as "it" (i.e. as the player now obliged to chase the other and to attempt anew to make contact).
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tip one's handIn card playing, to accidentally reveal one's cards or hand.
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