Summer and sport metaphors 29 Temmuz 2013

Summer and sport seem to go together as do business English and sports’ metaphors.  You will hear native speakers use these metaphors for sports that use a ball.  Here goes.)

1-      A ball park figure:  This means to give an estimate of what something will cost.  For example, ‘For this project you are talking about a ball park figure of between 10,000 to 30,000 TL’.

2-      The ball is in your court:  This means that the ball has arrived at you and you have to decide whether you are going to hit the ball back or not.  For example, a client is negotiating a new contract with you and you reach a point where the final decision needs to be made.  You no longer want to make a concession.  The client has to accept the terms or not accept them, so you could say ‘the ball is in your court’.

3-      To refuse to play ball:  This means that the person is refusing to interact with you.  You might want to negotiate a new contract, but the client isn’t interested and won’t even open the negotiations, so you can say that ‘they are refusing to play ball’.


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