home run

noun
1.
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.
2.
a complete or unqualified success: trying to hit a home run at the box office.

Origin:
1855–60, Americanism

Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To home run
Collins
World English Dictionary
home run
 
n
baseball a hit that enables the batter to run round all four bases, usually by hitting the ball out of the playing area

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
American Heritage
Idioms & Phrases

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.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
Cite This Source
Example sentences
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.
Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature
FAVORITES
RECENT

;