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    Question Expressions from sports?

    Hello,

    I've been watching some drama, and found two expressions that I don't
    really understand.

    1. A boy wants for his male friend's advice, and ask if they can talk
    about it later.
    The friend said "Of course, but I have to check with the..."
    And the boy said "You forgot your balls"
    The friend's been with his girlfriend all the time recently.

    Does "balls" mean something like "guts"?
    Does the boy mean "You should act like a man and be with male friend??


    2. This is a scene of basketball practice.
    After holiday, a coarch thinks his player are getting softer, and he
    says to them "Suicides!"
    Does "suicides" mean "run until you pass out"?

    Thanks,
    Tara

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    Re: Expressions from sports?

    1 Are you a man, or do you have to get your girlfriend to OK everything?

    2 Could mean several things:
    Run until you drop.
    Risk everything in order to win - even taking suicidal risks.
    You are admitting defeat before you start. Going onto a court feeling that way is suicide.


    And there could well be other meanings - apart from possible mis-hearing: 'Two a side'? (Two a side is a strenuous training activity. Each player has to run much more than usual.)

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    Smile Re: Expressions from sports?

    Hello BobK,

    Thank you so much for your kind explanation again.

    For "Suicides", I think "Run until you drop" would make sense.

    I watch dramas with English subtitle, and it says "suicides",
    and I can hear the first sound of the word as "S", though
    "Each player has to run much more than usual" also sounds
    applicable for this situation.

    Anyway, it's good to know the word "Two a side", too.

    Thank you and I wish 2007 is going to be a great year for you.
    Tara

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    Re: Expressions from sports?

    Quote Originally Posted by tara View Post
    Hello BobK,

    Thank you so much for your kind explanation again.

    For "Suicides", I think "Run until you drop" would make sense.

    I watch dramas with English subtitle, and it says "suicides",
    and I can hear the first sound of the word as "S", though
    "Each player has to run much more than usual" also sounds
    applicable for this situation.

    Anyway, it's good to know the word "Two a side", too.

    Thank you and I wish 2007 is going to be a great year for you.
    Tara

    Thanks Tara - I wish the same for you.

    It's just occurred to me that 'suicide' may be a jocular reference to 'two a side'. I haven't met it used like that though.

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    Re: Expressions from sports?

    "Suicides" involve a series of sprints (fast running) from midcourt to the top of the key, midcourt to the free-throw line, mid-court to the baseline. It's possibly the most dreaded drill of basketball practice.

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    Re: Expressions from sports?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ouisch View Post
    "Suicides" involve a series of sprints (fast running) from midcourt to the top of the key, midcourt to the free-throw line, mid-court to the baseline. It's possibly the most dreaded drill of basketball practice.
    I remember that one. We just didn't use that term - either because it's an AmE term, or because mine was an RC school and Father Louis disapproved of any flippant reference to the sin of despair!

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