When liberals suffer one, they ball up like kittens and ask themselves, “Oh, gee, what did we do wrong?”
Then produce the ball previously left in the breast pocket, and you will seem to have passed a ball up your sleeve.
He made two attempts to get out and then picked his ball up.
Each party has its post, and the game consists in throwing the ball up to the post of the adversary.
He practised throwing the ball up in the air and catching it again.
At one time he had kept the ball up for as good as half-an-hour, when Shemus cried out, 'Well done, my hurler!'
They hit the ball up and down the width of the ground till Benami and the rest were outpaced.
He made two attempts to get out, and then picked his ball up.
Then they were coached in picking the ball up without stopping and in catching it on the bound as it was tossed in front of them.
But if she is imposing on Mr. T. in thus guiding the ball up hill, she soon gets the Roland for her Oliver.
"round object," Old English *beal, from or corresponding to Old Norse bollr "ball," from Proto-Germanic *balluz (cf. Old High German ballo, German Ball), from PIE root *bhel- (2) "to blow, inflate, swell" (see bole).
Meaning "testicle" is from early 14c. Ball of the foot is from mid-14c. A ball as an object in a sports game is recorded from c.1200; To have the ball "hold the advantage" is from c.1400. To be on the ball is 1912, from sports. Ball-point pen first recorded 1946. Ball of fire when first recorded in 1821 referred to "a glass of brandy;" as "spectacularly successful striver" it is c.1900.
"dancing party," 1630s, from French, from Old French baller "to dance," from Late Latin ballare "to dance," from Greek ballizein "to dance, jump about" (see ballistics). Hence, "very enjoyable time," 1945, American English slang, perhaps back to 1930s in black slang.
A spherical object or mass.
A large pill or bolus.
Confusion; blundering: The ball-up abroad has been supervised by Harry's advisers (1900+)
ball up, beanball, butterfly ball, cannonball, carry the load, fireball, forkball, foul ball, get on the ball, go for the long ball, goofball, gopher ball, greaseball, greedball, have a ball, junk-ball, keep one's eye on the ball, meatball, not get one's balls in an uproar, nutball, oddball, on the ball, play ball, play catch-up, sleazebag, slimebag, softball, sourball, that's the way the ball bounces