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The voa special english program words and their stories. American English is full of colorful expression.One such expression is to touch all bases.It comes form the sports of baseball.There are four bases in baseball:first,second and third.The forth is home plate.Together the base is formed a diamond ship.When the baseball player hit the ball he must to run to each base in order and touch it with his foot.It is the only way to score a point.If the player hit the ball and fails to touch all bases the point will not be counted. The importance of touching all the bases was showed at the start of the nineteen seventy four baseball season.Hi gallon was the player with Atlantic brace team.He was seeking the record for hitting the most home rounds.A home round is about that it is hit over the wall.Alrin needed just one home round to equal the record held by base broof---the greatest hitter in baseball history.Alran get that home round the very first time he had chance to hit the ball.He send the ball over the wall that is a rounded playing failed.That gave him seven hundred and fourteen home rounds.The same as bi broof. After that day baseball funs held their breath every time it was hank Alrans turn to hit.When would it hit home round number seven hundred and fifteen .The week was not long .In the second week of the season .Aran again hit the ball over the wall.He had bitt broos record.But first he had to run around the four bases.The other plays on his team watch carefully to make sure he touch each one.If he did not the home round would have not counted.There would have been no new record.So to touch all bases means to do what is necessary to complete an activity . The expression is used in bussiness and politics.No bussiness deal or political campaign is really complete untill you discuss all the issue involved or as it said untill you touch all bases .Even professional diplomats use this expression as well as others that come from baseball.A dilopmat reported form negotiations with diplomats form different countries may say the touched all bases during many hours of talks.This means they exp all issues involved in the situation.Perhaps they did this after expressing hope that they could paly ball with each other.Meaning that they could learn to cooperate ,Sports reporters write about fast moving lively events they must develop a way of that goals stright to the point.Their duty is to give the reader a complete picture events in as few words as possible.They must touch all bases as quickly as they can.
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