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English Detective #73 The Election, batons, & sports idioms, 11-15-16
November 15, 2016

#73 The Election, Batons, & Sports Idioms, 11-15-16


I have wanted to write about sports idioms, and the U.S. election aftermath has provided a great opportunity. President Obama’s post-election speech used relay races as a metaphor for the way he intended to deal with President-elect Trump. I feel he made an impressive plea for leaving the bitterness of the election behind and coming together as one team.



If you want to use this in class, or just to understand how relay races work, see this explanation of relay races.

For more sports idioms, see this EnglishHints sports idioms page. It also has a link to a short YouTube video showing the American relay team at the Rio Olympic qualifications being bumped and dropping the baton.

Have a great Thanksgiving!

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