We need to hit the sock off the ball

This one was heard on a conference call from someone expressing the need for the group to do a really good job. This is a congruent conflation of “knock the socks off (someone or something)” and “knock the cover off the ball”, both meaning to thoroughly impress or excite someone. A sock is a cover, so this mental image might have confused the speaker. “Hit (something) out of the park” is also in the mix, as it means to do something extraordinarily well, which fits the context. A big thanks to Yvonne Stam, who knocked the sock out of the park with this entry.


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