in scoring position

in scoring position

1. literally, in sports, to be within the distance from which scoring a goal, run, or other type of point is much more likely. Thanks to that play, the Jayhawks now have two runners in scoring distance. It's fourth down and ten, but we're in scoring distance if we opt for a field goal—what should we do, Coach?
2. By extension, in a position that makes one's success attainable or very likely. Following the sudden and immense success of the first film, the studio is in scoring position to set up a huge blockbuster franchise. It is the tireless work of our research team that puts our projects in scoring position.
See also: position, score

scoring position, in

About to succeed, as in The publisher is in scoring position with that instant book about the trial. This term comes from sports, where it signifies being in a spot where scoring is likely. In baseball it refers to a situation in which a runner is on second or third base. The figurative use of the term dates from the second half of the 1900s.
See also: score