(to be) a sport

Idiom Definition 1

Idiom Definition - a sport

"(to be) a sport"

to be someone who can accept a bad situation with aplomb and dignity


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Idiom Definition 2

Idiom Definition - a sport

"(to be) a sport"

to be someone who does something that a group is doing


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - a sport

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  I don't understand why you aren't very upset. You've been with the company for more than ten years and now they have just fired you.

Colleague 2:  I am sure they had their reasons.  Besides, the decision was out of my control. And I'm really good at what I do. I will find another job, no problem.

Colleague 1:  Wow.  I admire you for being such a sport.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - a sport

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  Come on. The night is young. We're all going to get dressed up in period costume and go out singing.

Friend 2:  Really. I've had such a long hard week at work. I just want to stay home and relax.

Friend 1:  Be a sport and join the group. It'll be fun. We want you with us.

Friend 2:  OK. I'll come out for a little while.

(to be) a sport - Usage:


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(to be) a sport - Gerund Form:

Being a sport, he accepted the demotion without complaint.

Being a sport, he joined in the game of charades.

(to be) a sport - Examples:

1)  He was a sport and despite his shyness, would don a Santa Claus suit for the Christmas party.

2)  He's learning patience, how to be a sport and not to take things too seriously.

3)  ... one of the guys even launched a jump over the principal. Such a sport, the principal actually allowed it to happen twice. 

4)  Be a sport. Congratulate anyone who beats you in a race, sporting event, election or ...

5)  ... was wrong a couple times, be a sport and debater and try to understand my side as well would be appreciated.

6)  I tried to be a sport, but was inconsolable. Begging off a nightcap, I returned to the hotel.

7)  It would be hard to be a sport about paying a very high tuition for something sold with false advertising.

8)  Howard said Beth is such a sport that he said he'd go with her last night.

9)  ... he thanked him for being a sport, and he remarked how much fun he had arguing with him.

10)  I was trying to be a sport and everyone was laughing.

11)  ... in and outside the classroom. Being a sport lets you be more easy going and not get upset by little things that are ...

12)  To me, being a sport is important because it allows me to make more friends, have more fun, ...

13)  You might admire a friend who is always a sport and try to be more like him or her.

14)  Phillips was a sport; he was essentially helping to choose his replacement. 

15)  ... only really smart but also really fun. (Thanks Ted for being a sport and for giving as good as you get.

16)  Positivity has been handling the burden, and like a sport has been patient and polite about it.

17)  Displays of anger were unladylike. Be a sport, meant going along with the group, not expressing a dissenting opinion or desire ...

18)  ... cajoled and was generally really impertinent to my science teacher. He was a sport, fighting back the whole time, and we played this sort of tug of ...

19)  And special thanks to Colby Armstrong, not only for being a sport and rising to a silly challenge.

20)  ... it's been pretty rousing stuff today. Mickelson a sport to the end, still manages to give a smile as he proffers his hand ...