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    Smile give sb a run

    When the badminton player is doing everything to keep the shuttlecock off the floor on his side of the net, and doing a very good job of giving his opponent a run for his money, he is "on fire." It can also be used to describe a team, someone who cleans up on the stock market, or a preacher in a pulpit.


    First, I've seen the phrase in bold a few times when descrbing a badminton game, and I'm not quite sure what it means. Does it mean "giving his opponent a hard time in winning the prize?"
    Second, I've never seen "cleans up on the stock market" before. Does it mean "win wisely a great amount of money on the stock market?"

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    Re: give sb a run

    If you give someone a run for their money, you compete well against them and it is difficult for them to beat you, though they usually do in the end.
    If you 'clean up' you do very well, so you're right.

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    Re: give sb a run

    Thanks, Tdol.

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