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The following dialogue snippet comes from True Blood. A man comes onto a woman with a pickup line, and she replies: "Okay, that was a good line." "Well, I only used it on two other women before you." "Really? And how'd it go with them?" "I was one for two."

That last line is what puzzles me. Is it a real expression, or have I misheard the line?

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  • +1 because I think this was a good question. The idiom isn't anywhere! But I found the script, you didn't mishear the line. :)
    – Alenanno
    Commented Aug 31, 2011 at 16:13

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"One for two" means someone had one success for two tries. It comes from sports, originally baseball, in which a player would be said to be "one for two" if he had two at-bats but only got one hit.

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  • I don't know about originally from baseball, but that's certainly where it's most commonly heard.
    – user362
    Commented Aug 31, 2011 at 17:39
  • I just came across this expression in a standup comic stint and did not fully understand the punchline. Found the meaning, your answer, by Googling :)
    – Mari-Lou A
    Commented Nov 18, 2023 at 12:00

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