5

I like watching cricket. I hear phrases like:

He played a great innings and brought his team home.

He remained there till the end to ensure he sees his team home.

And:

He is in the form of his life.

What do the phrases in the bold mean? In the initial ones, I could not understand in what context they are using the word "home". I am sure it means winning the match though.

1
  • 5
    None of these phrases are specifc to cricket. The only term that is unique to cricket in the OP's sentences is "innings," which is a singular noun in cricket, but a plural noun in baseball. (The plural form of the cricket term is also also "innings").
    – alephzero
    Commented Jan 21, 2019 at 12:06

1 Answer 1

7

You're right, the first two phrases mean the team is winning. It's used here in the sense of

2 b: to or at an ultimate objective (such as a goal or finish line)
// fired the puck home

(source: Merriam-Webster)

The form of his life means that the player is in his best form ever, see the following definition of 'of one's life':

Being the greatest, worst, or best occasion of a lifetime

(source: The Free Dictionary)

2
  • 1
    "Form" would be used similarly to "shape", yes? On top of one's game?
    – user45266
    Commented Jan 21, 2019 at 8:28
  • Yes, correct. Definition 12c.
    – Glorfindel
    Commented Jan 21, 2019 at 8:29

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .