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home run

1. In baseball and softball, a hit that allows one to round all four bases and score, typically because the ball has been hit past the limits of the outfield. If Lamont can hit a home run, we'll win the game!
2. By extension, an action that is very successful. Our numbers have been down, so we really need to hit a home run this quarter in order to turn a profit for the year. It was an unexpected interview question, but I really feel like a hit a home run with it.
See also: home, run

home run

A highly successful achievement; also, doubling one's profits. For example, We scored a home run with that drug stock, buying it at 15 and selling at 30. This expression originated in the mid-1800s in baseball, where it refers to a pitched ball batted so far that the batter can round all three bases and reach home plate, scoring a run. Its figurative use dates from the mid-1900s.
See also: home, run
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It's the first time in 11 starts that the right-hander has not allowed a home run.
Semien blasted a home run and Stephen Piscotty and Jed Lowrie delivered RBI doubles.
Therefore, Zernial did not qualify because he did not hit a home run for the White Sox in the four games he played for them in 1951.
Ultimately, not even Bryan's mustache and Ron's pitching could lead Bryce to a Home Run Derby victory.
In order for a batted ball to leave the field of play and land in the grandstand for a home run, it had to clear an ll.5-foot high cement wall.
Clay Buchholz (1-2) allowed a home run to Coco Crisp on his first page of the game and nothing else in 5-1/3 innings as the Red Sox snapped the longest road losing streak at the start of a season in franchise history.
As it became more likely to score from first base via a home run, it made less sense for most of these players to steal, in large part because they did it so poorly.
(The ball bounced over the fence for a home run, earning a place in the blooper Hall of Fame.) It certainly didn't help his image that he's been in and out of prison since leaving the game and that he has been reported as having money problems.
Actually, I thought about ending the previous paragraph with the phrase "hit a home run," for the programs were all excellent.
Severino atoned for flopping in his postseason debut last year, and late-season spark Luke Voit added a 2-run triple off Blake Treinen in a 4-run sixth, missing a home run by inches.
They never even considered it, and he showed why immediately, hitting a home run in Oakland's first series against Seattle in Japan.
On the strength of a home run and double by Angel Mangual, the A's had already knocked starter Frank Tanana from the game.
Dan Johnson, who had a home run and the game-winning double in the 10th inning Tuesday night, quickly followed with a double into the left-field corner.
A year later in October, Edward Nichols of the New York Tribune coined the phrase "Baker" to mean a home run, a term used until Babe Ruth arrived on the home run scene.
Todd Zeile is the only player in major league history to hit a home run