Striking Out at a Farmer’s Market

From Sarah McColl (pinkof in “Pea, Parsley and Walnut Pesto”, an article in Airways Magazine, THE GIST section;

“In the past I’ve been cautiously drawn to the familiar.   But this year, I am striking out. What pray tell is red mustard? (It’s fanastically spicy and wonderful in stir-fries.)”

A baseball player who fails to hit the ball when at bat strikes out.  The idiomatic meaning is to fail at doing something.

For example: If he doesn’t get the appointment, he will strike out. He tried to get the appointment and struck out.

I’m not sure the author used the idioms correctly; it’s rather confusing as at first she doesn’t know what “red mustard” is, but then she likes it for certain things.



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