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big timber

big timber  n.— «As recently as 10 years ago, it was possible for a pool player to earn a living hustling, provided he was armed with the requisite chops and disposition.…Odds were good that there was at least one unsuspecting local...

on rails

on rails  adj.— «One of the shorthand ways of criticizing a modern game is to say that part or all of the game is “on rails,” meaning that the player doesn’t have control over his or her character’s path through the level...

camp leg

camp leg  n.—Gloss: the condition of a player being unfit for regular American football season, especially in the legs. Note: The term probably comes from being overweight, out of practice, or too used to the slower schedule of the off season...

baseball rat

baseball rat  n.— «As he became more sure with the bat, as he became the player who hit .300 at every stop, as he settled down on the field and in the clubhouse, his personality came out. Not just the one whose competitiveness can...

spearing

spearing  n.— «A helmet-to-helmet hit on a quarterback, or on a receiver in the act of making a catch is illegal. Also illegal: hitting a player already on the ground with a helmet or “spearing,” as it’s commonly called...

redshirt

redshirt v. to hold a child back for an extra year before admittance into kindergarten. Etymological Note: From sports, where “red-shirting” is holding a player back for an extra season or semester in order to maximize his or her total...