reach first base

reach first base

1. Literally, in baseball, to successfully advance to the first base of the diamond. He's a power hitter—better let him reach first by walking him than risk giving away a home run.
2. To successfully move through some initial phase, development, or process. I have my doubts that this proposal will having any chance of reaching first base in Congress, let alone making it all the way to the president's desk for approval.
3. slang To kiss a romantic partner or potential romantic partner, especially for the first time. I don't want to rush things between us. For now, I'm just happy to have reached first base. A: "Did you reach first base with Dave last night?" B: "A lady doesn't kiss and tell!"
See also: base, first, reach

reach first base

(with someone or something) Go to get to first base (with someone or something).
See also: base, first, reach
References in periodicals archive ?
Scouts agree that speed is Zach Davis' top tool, but the Chicago Cubs wanted him to reach first base even faster.
The first oddity - a third strike that bounced and stuck in the middle of the chest protector of Gold Glove catcher Yadier Molina - enabled pinch-hitter Matt Szczur to reach first base to start the seventh inning.
For simplicity of reference in this paper, each of the seven ways that a batter can reach first base will be referred to as a Way (capitalization intentional).
The lie here is that the Western media promoted the "evidence" as being unquestionably true, when the story doesn't reach first base when it comes to evidence-based journalism.
The modem for my office internet had been delayed over Christmas, and without any internet access Effective Communication was not even going to reach first base.
If they reach first base and put the flag up, that means they may steal and pitchers can try to pick them off.
William Winokur, it focuses on pitcher Angel Macias who, so far, has thrown the only perfect game in Little League championship history (a "perfect game" is when no hitter is allowed to reach first base.
Just as there are many ways to reach first base, there are many ways to procure and field a weapon system or product.
But James could see, and later was to calculate, that the most important thing a batter could do was simply reach first base by drawing a walk.
However, Mr Hemming's grand plan to re-run the AGM in September, with all positions being up for grabs on a Single Trans-ferrable Vote (STV) basis, probably won't reach first base for a number of reasons.
Baseball players can reach first base in a variety of ways: Single, base on balls, passed ball on a third strike, hit by pitcher, catcher interference, and error.
Braves hurler Kevin Millwood, desperate to keep New York's first two hitters Chuck Knoblauch and Derek Jeter off base - it is Atlanta's biggest mission against New York in this series - let them reach first base with singles to start the game.
Kirwin's solutions are reasonable as far as they go, but they only reach first base.
Once the ball is put into play, the usual rules apply: The batter (or pinch-runner) must reach first base before being "put out" by the defense team.