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home run

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.
a complete or unqualified success:
trying to hit a home run at the box office.
Origin of home run
An Americanism dating back to 1855-60 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Then he heard a great uproar, and voices yelling "A home run!"

    Woodland Tales Ernest Seton-Thompson
  • He had boosted the ball clear out of the lot, a home run just like that.

    Mystery Wings Roy J. Snell
  • Pete Backus surprised his chums and himself by knocking a home run.

    Batting to Win Lester Chadwick
  • Hed have had a home run if it hadnt been for that stone wall, said Tuckerman.

    Peter Cotterell's Treasure Rupert Sargent Holland
  • You knocked a home run that first day of school, and you can do it again.

British Dictionary definitions for home run

home run

(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

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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