I just heard "he knocked it out of the park" in Jon Stewart's Daily Show.

I googled and have got an explanation on it:

to do a stellar job. Term is from baseball.

So I got the meaning and I can play the scenario out in my mind a baseball being hit so hard that it flies out of the park. That means a nice batting.

But I have some questions.

Firstly, can I also say "knock it out of the court/field/diamond/ring..."? Is baseball "park" an informal name for the baseball ground?

Secondly, Are there any expressions (slangs or idioms) equivalent to or synonymous with "knock (it) out of the park"?

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"Knock it out of the park" is the only idiomatic phrase. Court and ring are not associated with baseball and thus cannot be used. a baseball diamond refers only to the parallelogram formed by the baseline (from home plate, to 1st, 2nd, 3rd and back to home) which essentially only covers the infield area of the whole baseball field so knocking it out of the infield isn't really viewed as a great accomplishment. That leaves field and while that is the formal term for the place the game is played, it is not used in the idiom knock it out of the park.

For the second part, synonymous with knock it out of the park is hit a home run.

John really hit a home run with that presentation. I think we've got a real shot at a sale.

"Yeah he really knocked it out of the park.

There's also:

He really aced it
He really nailed it

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    When describing a home run, one might also say "hit it over the fence" – although I've not heard that one used idiomatically or metaphorically to describe stellar work.
    – J.R.
    Oct 31, 2013 at 11:54
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    I think we also need to note that knocking the ball out of the playing area is something desirable almost exclusively in baseball— and even then, only in a certain direction. I would also suggest hitting a grand slam, though like hitting out of the park, that is just a more dramatic version of hitting a home run. Impressive successes in other sports (beyond merely scoring a goal) might be scoring a touchdown or making a slam dunk.
    – choster
    Oct 31, 2013 at 19:35
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    ...or knocking it for six (the cricket equivalent). Nov 26, 2014 at 14:28
  • You could "hit the back of the net" as well.
    – Jontia
    Mar 21, 2022 at 13:25

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