An activity, task, or something that is done exceptionally well.
The Origin Of “Knock It Out Of The Park”
Baseball is likely where the idiom “knock it out of the park” comes from. This is a popular sport, so I probably don’t need to explain the basic rules for how it is played. However, I will be briefly going over them in order to clarify how the term originated from there:
In baseball, a ball is pitched to a batter whose goal is to hit the ball as hard as possible. Ideally, the batter wants to knock “it” (the ball) out of the park. Doing so would result in a home run, allowing the batter to safely run to first, second, and third base and finally back to the home plate, thus scoring a “run” for his team.
Obviously, it’s not easy to knock the ball out of the park. It requires the batter to strike the ball exceptionally well, but if they succeed at doing it, then one could say they did a great job. Thus, this literal thing that a batter does during a game eventually went on to be used figuratively for when a person does anything exceptionally—it’s as if the person is a batter and they “knocked it out of the park.”
Anyways, the earliest I have seen this saying in print is from the late 19th century. The term is used within the context of baseball and also in a literal sense. This example comes from the newspaper Launchestion Examiner, December 1894:
“The new junior team possesses a splendid hitter in Richards, who managed four times to hit the ball out of the Park.”
- Brian studied hard for an upcoming test and as a result, he hit the ball out of the park.
- My computer was having all kinds of problems, so I gave it to my brother in hopes that he would fix it. He gave it back hours later and I have to say, he knocked it out of the park. It works great now!