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do an end run (=to avoid): The council has done an end run around the proposed new state law on pensions.

hit a home run – be fantastically successful

play hardball – stop being polite and be tough and uncompromising

take the gloves off – same as play hardball

ballpark figure – an approximation

not even in the ballpark – not even close

the home stretch – the final stage of a process

the whole nine yards – the complete thing

that’s the way the ball bounces – you can’t do anything about the result, so you might as well accept it

strike out – to be unsuccessful

on deck – waiting to join the other participants; waiting to take one’s turn

out in left field – unreasonable

slam dunk – an easy win

foul play – unfair

on the sidelines – not an active participant

Monday morning quarterback – one who criticizes something after it is no longer possible to change anything

armchair quarterback – one who criticizes the process without having insight into all the details

punt – cut your losses

touchdown – success

hogtie – to prevent someone from doing something

levelling the playing field – insuring that all parties start out on equal footing

shut out – to prevent an adversary from achieving any goals

full-court press – a comprehensive effort to achieve something

homecourt advantage – an advantage derived from working in a setting with which you are familiar, but which is unfamiliar or less familiar to your opponent