Posted by Bob on January 03, 2003
In Reply to: Phrase currecntly being used posted by Bruce Kahl on January 03, 2003
: : What is the meaning of "run the table"? or "run the whole table?"
: I know the term
from the game of pool aka "pocket billiards".
: You "run the table" when you successfully sink every ball on the table thereby giving you control on the next round or "rack up".
: I hear the term used in other sports to describe one team having a good day of scoring.
Often it will be used in other sports to indicate a team (or, perhaps, individual) who can defeat all remaining opponents. "She is 6-0, and if she runs the table, will finish the season 9-0," meaning she has three more opponents she's likely to defeat. "They can make the playoffs only if they run the table."