But the legislators who ostensibly represent them are cowards, kittens, balled up in the corner.
They got all balled up, just as their intellectual betters do when they tackle theology.
For the first time I understood the phrase, to be 'all balled up.'
The snow fell in balled up masses, and light absolutely disappeared so far as any ability to fix its source existed.
"They got it all balled up the night I seen it," says Bishop.
A round bunch of chopped and twisted hay was balled up within it, which made it snug and warm.
I got kind of balled up for one minute and thought it was you.
It must be of course that that hotel porter got the thing all balled up, the way he put it.
He could clean this walk before folks get all balled up walking on it.
The fellows would get balled up unless they had a good hours drill first.
"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.
[1880s+; probably fr the helplessness of a horse on a slippery street when its shoes have accumulated balls of ice; somehow the term has come to be associated with the testicles, as the related term bollixed up shows]
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