knock the cover off the ball

< Previous | Next >

Big Jim

Member
France - french
Hi friends,

from an article in the Intl Herald Tribune :
"More than any of its peers, Exxon knocked the cover off the ball with its long, disciplined view of global projects"
I do not see clearly what does this expression "to knock the cover off the ball" mean. Could someone help ? Thank you

Big Jim
 
  • Aupick

    Senior Member
    UK, English
    I believe it's a baseball analogy: Exxon (the batter) hit the ball so hard the cover (outer layer) of the ball came off. It was a really powerful shot, no doubt leading to a home run. So the phrase suggests that Exxon has played masterfully in the oil industry.

    (I'm sure someone who knows something about baseball can explain it better than I can.)
     

    cacestleme

    New Member
    Belgium - French
    Knock the cover off the ball -- to succeed beyond expectation
    Baseball Slang
    from : Wikipedia

    Jean-Luc
    Belgium
     

    Big Jim

    Member
    France - french
    Dear friends,

    I do not know much about baseball but now I can Imagine that Exxon performed an excellent "home run" during its financial year.
    Thanks to both of you.

    Big Jim
     
    < Previous | Next >
    Top