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home run

Baseball. a hit that enables a batter, without the aid of a fielding error, to score a run by making a nonstop circuit of the bases.
a complete or unqualified success:
trying to hit a home run at the box office.
Origin of home run
1855-60, Americanism Unabridged
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Examples from the web for home run
  • More than the home run, more than the strikeout, the double play distills the physicality of baseball.
  • But he'll need a home run to offset shrinking margins.
  • It's not a home run, but it has a role that it can play.
  • They win their last game of the season on a bunt that ends up being an inside-the-park home run.
  • Eventually, you get the home run and makes back all your losses plus profit.
  • The jury failed to reach a verdict on three other counts that the home run king lied to a grand jury.
  • They early realized, obviously enough, that it is not necessary to look at such a complicated process as a home run.
  • It was a home run for him, and he got national attention.
  • His game-winning blast over the boundary was cricket's version of a walk-off home run.
  • But some experts point out that, in practice, stem cell transplants are not always a home run.
British Dictionary definitions for home run

home run

(baseball) a hit that enables the batter to run round all four bases, usually by hitting the ball out of the playing area
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Word Origin and History for home run

1856, from home + run (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Idioms and Phrases with 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.
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