45 Idioms from the World of Boxing


If you’re writing takes you into the word of boxing, here’s a helpful post from Nicholas Rossis around the idioms used.

Nicholas C. Rossis

Boxing | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's books So, that’s where the name comes from.
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As you know, I’m fascinated by idioms and how their origin. The Passive Guy recently alerted me to a great post by Daily Writing Tips that includes 45 idioms from the world of boxing. Thanks to the Planetary Defense Commander for correcting a couple of them.

  1. bare-knuckle: fierce or determined (from boxing done without gloves)
  2. beat (someone) to the punch: accomplish something before someone else does
  3. blow-by-blow: a detailed account (referring to commentary during a boxing match)
  4. bob and weave: be evasive (as a boxer ducking to avoid an opponent’s blows)
  5. come out fighting/swinging: be immediately aggressive or energetic
  6. deliver/land a (knockout) blow/punch: hit
  7. down and out: destitute (an analogy to a boxer who has been knocked down and remains motionless)
  8. down/out for the count: defeated or overcome (as a boxer who…

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