[Phrases] Get The Ball Rolling

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Get the ball rolling and start the ball rolling are idioms that mean to start the action, to make the opening move. For example, “Let’s get the ball rolling by putting up some posters.” This expression originated in one or another sport in which it was important to keep a ball moving.

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Today, we are going to learn some phrases about “ball”, are you ready? Let’s go!


1. a whole new ball game

a completely different situation, often one that is difficult or that you know little about

Going to university is a whole new ball game compared to high school.

We’d done a lot of climbing in Scotland but the Himalayas were a whole new ball game.

2. ball of fire

a person who is very active and has a lot of energy

The new manager turned out to be a ball of fire.

I always knew that Lauren would grow up to be successful—she was a real ball of fire as a kid.

3. behind the eight ball

in a difficult situation or in a worse situation than other people

If you don’t get the investigation going right away, you put yourself behind the eight ball.

Many families in this country are still behind the eight ball and do not enjoy the same standard of living that other people enjoy.

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4. have a ball

to enjoy yourself very much

“So how was the party last night?” “Oh, it was great – we had a ball!”

It was a great trip—I had a ball.

5. on the ball

aware of any changes or developments and quick to react to them

We need someone who’s really on the ball to answer questions from the press.

I didn’t sleep well last night and I’m not really on the ball today.


That’s all for [Phrases] today. Now try to make at least one sentence with the phrases above!

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