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drop the ball

Definition of drop the ball

US informal

  1. :  to make a mistake especially by not doing something important <I think the mayor dropped the ball by not hiring more police officers.>



Word by Word Definitions

dropplay
  1. :  the quantity of fluid that falls in one spherical mass

    :  a dose of medicine measured by drops

    :  a minute quantity or degree of something nonmaterial or intangible

  1. :  to fall in drops

    :  to fall unexpectedly or suddenly

    :  to descend from one line or level to another

ballplay
  1. : :  a round or roundish body or mass: as

    :  a spherical or ovoid body used in a game or sport

    :  earth, globe

  1. :  to form or gather into a ball

    :  to form or gather into a ball

  1. :  a large formal gathering for social dancing

    :  a very pleasant experience :  a good time


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