|Learning English - The Flatmates|
Sports idioms with 'ball':
drop the ball|
make a mistake, especially by doing something careless or stupid
He hadn't done his research and really dropped the ball when we were in the meeting.
agree to work with or help someone in the way they have suggested
She asked if she could hand in her essay later because she'd been ill but the teacher wouldn't play ball.
be on the ball be quick to understand and react to things or situations
She's just not on the ball enough for us to give her the job.
run with the ball
take an idea or plan and develop it further
They came up with a great marketing idea. Now it's our job to run with the ball and create a great campaign for it.
a whole new ball game or a whole different ball game
a situation that is now completely different to what it was before
I'd done a bit of jogging and running before but doing a marathon was a whole different ball game.
keep / have several balls in the air
be responsible for more than one thing or project at a time
Don't talk to me about keeping several balls in the air! I'm organising the party, working full-time and I have to pick the kids up every day.
what's on offer
something you do alone or by yourself
traditional Japanese or Chinese sports that are forms of fighting or defending yourself
a racquet sport
a sport where you use a racquet or bat (sports like tennis, squash or badminton for example)