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Inside track

  • Inside track is an idiom that originated in America. An idiom is a commonly used word, group of words, or phrase that has a figurative meaning that is not easily deduced from its literal definition. Often using descriptive imagery or metaphors, common idioms are words and phrases used in the English language in order to convey a concise idea, and are often spoken or are considered informal or conversational. English idioms can illustrate emotion more quickly than a phrase that has a literal meaning, even when the etymology or origin of the idiomatic expression is lost. An idiom is a metaphorical figure of speech, and it is understood that it is not a use of literal language. Figures of speech like an often-used metaphor have definitions and connotations that go beyond the literal meaning of the words. Mastery of the turn of phrase of an idiom, which may use slang words or other parts of speech common in American slang or British slang, is essential for the English learner. Many English as a Second Language students do not understand idiomatic expressions and idiomatic language such as hit the sack, spill the beans, let the cat out of the bag, silver lining, back to the drawing board, barking up the wrong tree, kick the bucket, hit the nail on the head, face the music, under the weather, piece of cake, when pigs fly, and raining cats and dogs, because they attempt to translate them word for word, which yields only the literal meaning. English phrases that are idioms should not be taken literally. In addition to learning vocabulary and grammar, one must understand the phrasing of the figurative language of idiomatic phrases in order to know English like a native speaker; it is helpful to maintain a list of phrases, common expressions, colloquial terms, and popular expressions to memorize that are used figuratively or idiomatically. We will examine the meaning of the common saying inside track, where it came from, and some examples of its idiomatic usage in sentences.

     

    Inside track means an advantage or a leg-up in a competition. When one has the inside track, it may mean that he has relationships that give him an advantage in a situation or it may mean he has information or abilities that give him an advantage in a situation. The expression inside track originated in the United States in the mid-1800s and is related to the sport of horse racing. Horses that are positioned closest to the inside of the track at the beginning of a race are considered to have the advantage, and once the race begins, horses vie for the inside position on the track because the distance around the oval track is shortest on the inside rail.

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    Examples

    But in this unusual, shortened season, Saxons coach Mitch Olson and Vaqueros coach Mike Enright both have similar sentiments going into Thursday night’s showdown at Glover Stadium: Getting the inside track on a potential league title is secondary after all that both teams have gone through due to the coronavirus pandemic. (Orange County Register)

    CNN has launched Royal News, a weekly newsletter bringing you the inside track on the royal family, what they are up to in public and what’s happening behind palace walls. (Press-Enterprise)

    LONDON: Golf fans in Saudi Arabia can now get the inside track to the Kingdom’s plans for the game via Golf Saudi’s brand-new podcast – Power of the Game. (Arab News)


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