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ask me one on sport

A response when one does not know the answer to the question. (I.e., ask me about a topic I actually know something about.) Primarily heard in UK. A: " How will the raise affect your tax band?" B: "I have no idea. Ask me one on sport."
See also: ask, on, one, sport

be a sport

1. To be helpful and amiable. In this usage, the phrase usually precedes a request. Be a sport and get me another drink, will you?
2. To be good-natured or amiable despite unpleasant circumstances. In this usage, "good" is usually used between "a" and "sport." I know you're disappointed to have lost the game, but try to be a good sport, OK?
See also: sport

good sport

Someone who is good-natured or amiable under circumstances that are unpleasant or not ideal. I know you're disappointed to have lost the game, but try to be a good sport, OK? Thankfully, they were good sports about all our teasing.
See also: good, sport

make sport of (someone or something)

To ridicule, mock, or tease someone or something; to make fun of someone or something. I really don't appreciate you making sport of my disability like that. Don't make sport of your sister—you know how sensitive she can be!
See also: make, of, sport

spectator sport

1. A sport that is watched by an audience, such as football or baseball. My favorite spectator sport is ice hockey, what's yours?
2. By extension, something other than sports that people watch without participating in. The Democratic and Republican National Conventions turn the presidential election into a spectator sport. Gym class is not a spectator sport! Stand up and start participating.
See also: sport

sport with (someone or something)

To joke, tease, or trifle with someone or something. I know you think you're just sporting with us, but it's starting to feel more like harassment. The Greek myths have a lot of fascinating stories of the gods sporting with mortal men and women.
See also: sport

the sport of kings

Professional horseracing. The primary focus of our club is to bring awareness of and interest in the sport of kings to people from all walks of life. Ever since he was a young boy, Thomas's dream was to compete in the sport of kings.
See also: king, of, sport
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

(a) good sport

someone who can accept a loss in a competition or can accept being the butt of a joke. Bob is usually a good sport, but this time he didn't seem to appreciate your joke.
See also: good, sport

make fun of someone or something

to ridicule someone or something. Are you making fun of me? I am making fun of your hat.
See also: fun, make, of

sport of kings

horse racing. The sport of kings has sure impoverished a lot of commoners.
See also: king, of, sport

sport with someone or something

to tease or play with someone or something. What a tease you are! You are just sporting with me! The dog was sporting with a turtle down by the stream.
See also: sport
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

make fun of

Also, poke fun at; make sport of. Mock, ridicule, as in The girls made fun of Mary's shoes, or They poked fun at Willie's haircut, or I wish you wouldn't make sport of the new boy. The first term dates from the early 1700s, the second from the mid-1800s, and the third from the early 1500s.
See also: fun, make, of
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

the sport of kings

horse racing.
See also: king, of, sport
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be a (good) ˈsport

(informal) be generous, cheerful and pleasant, especially in a difficult situation: She’s a good sport.Go on, be a sport (= used when asking somebody to do something for you).
See also: sport
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n. friend; chum. (A term of address.) Well, sport, looks like we have a little problem here.
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.

make fun of

To mock; ridicule.
See also: fun, make, of
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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GOLF: The Omega European Masters - Sky Sports Golf 1130.
FORMULA ONE Azerbaijan Grand Prix (Sky Sports F1, 11.30am; Channel 4, noon).
TENNIS: ATP Tour, Shanghai Masters - Sky Sports Main Event, 9.30am; WTA Tour, Prudential Hong Kong Tennis Open - BT Sport 1, 9.30am.
SUNDAY FOOTBALL: English Championship, Aston Villa v Nottingham Forest (Sky Sports 1, 1.15pm), English Premier League - Swansea v Chelsea (Sky Sports 1, 4pm), La Liga, Sporting Gijon v Leganes (Sky Sports 2, 11am), Valencia v Real Betis (Sky Sports 2, 3pm), German Bundesliga, Werder Bremen v Augsburg (BT Sport 2, 2.30pm), Mainz v Hoffenheim (BT Sport 2, 4.30pm).
TOMORROW FOOTBALL: Premier League, Chelsea v Southampton - Sky Sports 1 12.30pm, Manchester United v Tottenham Hotspur - Sky Sports 1 3.30pm; Primera Division, Sevilla v Elche - Sky Sports 5 5.55pm, Real Madrid v Levante - Sky Sports 5 8pm; Serie A - BT Sport 1 11.30am and 2pm, Bundesliga, Wolfsburg v Freiburg - ESPN 2.30pm, Borussia Monchengladbach v Hannover - BT Sport 1 4.30pm; Ligue 1, Lille v Rennes - BT Sport 2 1pm, Bordeaux v Paris Saint-Germain - BT Sport 2 4pm, Marseille v Lyon - BT Sport 1 8pm; Eredivisie, Eindhoven v Groningen - Sky Sports 5 1.20pm, Dordrecht v Feyenoord - Sky Sports 5 3.35pm; MLS, New York City FC v New England Revolution - Sky Sports 1 9pm, Portland Timbers v Los Angeles Galaxy - Sky Sports 1 11pm; A-League, Sydney FC v Brisbane Roar - BT Sport 1 6am.
ON TV TOMORROW FOOTBALL: FA Cup, Bournemouth v Liverpool - ITV 12.15pm, Stevenage v Everton - BT Sport 1 4.45pm; Irish League Cup final, Cliftonville v Crusaders - Sky Sports 2 5.15pm; Primera Division, Valencia v Espanyol and Sevilla v Levante - Sky Sports 1 from 7pm; Serie A, Napoli v Chievo - Setanta Sports Ireland 4.55pm, Lazio v Juventus - BT Sport 2 and Setanta Sports Ireland 7.45pm; Bundesliga, Eintracht Frankfurt v Hertha Berlin - BT Sport 2 5pm; A-League, Adelaide United v Melbourne Heart and Central Coast Mariners v Newcastle Jets - BT Sport 2 6.30am.
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Returning to the sport of football, further aspects of the game also prompted some in the YMCA to see it as a manifestly unsuitable pastime for true Christians.
Burgundy's scoff seizes upon one contemporary signification of sport as amorous dalliance, (2) and suggests how Talbot's warlike heroism might be compromised or even undermined by his encounter with a woman.
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