American Idioms and Expressions

On The Ball Idiom

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On the ball
What does On the ball mean?
To be paying attention, to respond promptly, to be doing one's job.If you were a bit more on the ball, we might have averted the reactor melt down.
From the early days of baseball, a pitcher who "had nothing on the ball" was one who was having a bad outing. The term implies that the pitcher has no control or speed on the ball.
on the ball
What does on the ball mean?
to be intelligent, to be able to do things wellHe is on the ball and can usually get his work done quickly.
on the ball
What does on the ball mean?
intelligent, able to do things well The man is on the ball and can usually get his work done quickly.


Some Random Idioms
drop the subject
What does "drop the subject" mean?
to stop talking about somethingMy friend was getting angry while we were talking about money so I decided to drop the subject.
well up in years
What does "well up in years" mean?
oldMy father is well up in years but he is very healthy.
Freud squad
What does "Freud squad" mean?
psychiatrists
brainstorm (something)
What does "brainstorm (something)" mean?
to try to develop an idea or think of new ideas The students got into groups to brainstorm ideas for the school play.

a kangaroo court
What does "a kangaroo court" mean?
an illegal court formed by a group of people to settle a dispute among themselvesThere was a kangaroo court in the movie where the ranchers decided to make their own court.
Up the stick
What does "Up the stick" mean?
(UK) If a woman is up the stick, she's pregnant.
bug-eyed
What does "bug-eyed" mean?
to be wide-eyed with surpriseThe little boy was bug-eyed when he got a new bicycle for his birthday.
crock
What does "crock" mean?
a collection of lies, deception, or misleading information
shore (something) up
What does "shore (something) up" mean?
to add support to something which is weakIt was necessary to shore up the house after the mud slide damaged the foundation.
come to naught
What does "come to naught" mean?
to end in failure Our efforts to find a new apartment have come to naught.

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