take the field


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take the field

To enter onto a playing field in order to begin some event. Everyone rose to their feet as the home team took the field. The band took the field to perform their halftime show.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

take the field

Enter a competition, as in The country's best spellers took the field in the national spelling bee. This term originated around 1600 when it meant "to open a military campaign." The field here is the field of battle. The term has been used figuratively almost as long, the first recorded use being in 1614.
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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.

take the field

To begin or resume activity, as in a sport or military operations.
See also: field, take
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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