Right out of the bat

This is a mixture of  “right out of the box” and “right off the bat”, both baseball metaphors and both meaning “first thing.”  Thanks to John C. for passing this one along!

2 Comments on “Right out of the bat”

  1. Peter says:

    Are you sure “right out of the box” is a baseball metaphor? In the sense of running out of the batter’s box towards first base, or …?

    I always thought it had to do with consumer appliances/gadgets that are functional “right out of the box”

    • davemalaphor says:

      You may be right, Peter. I always thought it referred to a batter running to first base right out of the batter’s box, which is the immediate thing to do after hitting the ball.

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