Definitions Part 2: TV, Cooking & Baseball

This is the second part of definitions from the video clip we shared with you.  The clip was a TV cooking competitions hosting chefs from baseball parks. Part 1 of the definitions was provided yesterday.  The third and final part will be coming soon.

Click the links for more information on each.

Field of Dreams – This is the name of a movie made in 1989 – basically about baseball.  It means a place where anything can happen, anything you dream.

The Big ShowThis term most likely comes from the circus.  The big tent hosted the big show.  The term was made famous on by Ed Sullivan on his TV show.  It is used to describe a grand event.

Hit it with – In this case, it means to add something to the recipe.  This is different from “hitting the books” or “hitting the sack.”

Major bragging rightsMajor means big or important.  Bragging rights are the privilege one earns to talk about themselves after a victory.

Opening DayThis is the first day of the baseball season for any baseball team.  Opening day opens the season.

Butterflies in my stomach –  This is an idiomatic expression that means you are anxious and have a nervous feeling in your stomach.

We go through a tonWhile a ton is a very big measurement, we use it to simply mean a lot and to go through means to use.  So here we have, “We cook a lot of sausage at the ballpark.”

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Definitions Part 1: TV, Cooking & Baseball

Yesterday we posted a short video clip.  The clip was a well-known TV show called, “Chopped,” a cooking competition.  It contained many American idioms, phrasal verbs and slang.  Below are some of the definitions for the terms contained in that clip.  There will be more posts coming up soon with the rest of the definitions.  Click through the links for more information on each.

Take you out to the ballgame – this refers to a song written in 1908 called, “Take me out to the Ballgame.”  It is the unofficial anthem of North American baseball.

Serve up way more than peanuts – The idiom, “serve up” means to distribute or deliver food for people to eat or to offer something.  Peanuts are commonly eaten at baseball games.  “Way more” means a lot more.

Big hitters – A baseball player who is capable of hitting the ball far or hard.  A person with a great deal of influence and importance, a powerful person, is also called a big hitter or a heavy hitter.

Doesn’t cut it – This idiom means not able to deal with problems or difficulties satisfactorily, for example, when one does not reach a goal, he does not cut it.

You will be chopped – To chop is to cut or sever with a quick, heavy blow or a series of blows, using an ax, hatchet.   This idiom means that the person will be “cut out” of the competition, that is, they lose.

Batter Up! – This is commonly heard at a baseball game.  “Batter Up” means it is time for the next player to take his turn at bat (hitting the baseball with a baseball bat).  Figuratively, this idiom means it is the next person’s turn.

TV, Cooking, and Baseball

If you saw this on Jeopardy what would your answer be?

TV, cooking, and baseball

Answer:  What is a great way to learn American idioms, phrasal verbs and slang?!

ALE has been hooked on teaching phrases lately.  We love phrasal verbs.  We love idioms!  And well, we know how to throw our slang around!  Most importantly, we are always finding new and fun ways to teach them.

Take a look at this great clip from our beloved cooking show, Chopped.  In this episode, chefs from big league baseball parks are competing.

Here are some of the great terms to learn from this clip:

stealing second
                big hitters
                               you will be chopped
                                                                batter up
the big show
                 hit it with
                                 major bragging rights

Posts containing the definitions are coming soon!  So please check back!

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