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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 of home run
1855-1860
1855-60, Americanism
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  • Throwing a ring over one of the "home-run" pegs means a score, of course.

  • It's a home-run every time when you get your deductive theories unlimbered.

    The Man Upstairs P. G. Wodehouse
  • "Goose-egg" on one side matched "goose-egg" on the other until the end of the fifth inning, when the engineer knocked a home-run.

  • Besides, I may make a home-run with my writing one of these days.

    The Man Upstairs P. G. Wodehouse
  • There's no fence on Place Field, and every ball Reddy hits past a fielder will be a home-run.

    The Young Pitcher Zane Grey
  • He grabbed the camera, gave a yell of triumph, and faced for the home-run.

  • But one may use such new coinages as burglarize, home-run, and diner rather freely.

    News Writing M. Lyle Spencer
  • When you are hiding, you can take a good breath for the home-run you have to make.

    The Child's Day Woods Hutchinson
British Dictionary definitions for home-run

home run

noun
1.
(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

home run

n.

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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