They're so enlightening. So overused. So curiously appropriate.
In basketball, we refer to shooting and hitting a three-point shot while someone guards you closely, "Popping a three in your eye."
You can also "blind them."
Or "light them up."
You can also "flush" the ball when you dunk it. Or "yoke" it.
Put a good move on someone and you might (though not literally) "break their ankles."
"Splash." "Tickle the twine." "Nothing but the bottom of the net." All ways to describe a shot that goes perfectly through the hoop.
They just never seem to end.
Baseball is famous for this.
"Did you get to second base with her."
"Way to step up to the plate and get that deal done, Bob."
"Boy, they sure threw me a curveball with that proposal."
"Three strikes and you're out. You're sentenced to life in prison."
Why is it that these resonate with us so much?