ball up

verb
balled up; balling up; balls up

Definition of ball up

transitive verb

: to make a mess of : confuse, muddle

intransitive verb

: to become badly muddled or confused

Examples of ball up in a Sentence

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Like a man unsatisfied with a photograph of himself, Liu balled up his hands and placed them on his hips. Jiayang Fan, The New Yorker, "Liu Cixin’s War of the Worlds," 17 June 2019 Kawhi Leonard scored 26 points for the Raptors but couldn’t get the final shot, having to give the ball up. Washington Post, "Warriors hang on to stay alive, win Game 5 of NBA Finals," 11 June 2019 Kawhi Leonard scored 26 points for the Raptors but couldn’t get the final shot, having to give the ball up. Washington Post, "Warriors hang on to stay alive, win Game 5 of NBA Finals," 11 June 2019 Kawhi Leonard scored 26 points for the Raptors but couldn’t get the final shot, having to give the ball up. Brian Mahoney, BostonGlobe.com, "Warriors lose Kevin Durant, but extend NBA Finals with a thrilling victory," 10 June 2019 Kawhi Leonard scored 26 points for the Raptors but couldn't get the final shot, having to give the ball up. Brian Mahoney, chicagotribune.com, "Warriors hang on to stay alive, win Game 5 of NBA Finals," 10 June 2019 Kawhi Leonard scored 26 points for the Raptors but couldn't get the final shot, having to give the ball up. Brian Mahoney, Houston Chronicle, "Warriors hang on to stay alive, win Game 5 of NBA Finals," 10 June 2019 Derek Dietrich showed his range on a ball up the middle, making a jumping throw from where the shortstop usually stands. Bobby Nightengale, Cincinnati.com, "Jay Bruce homers in home debut with Philadelphia Phillies, hands Cincinnati Reds 4-2 loss," 8 June 2019 Spotting Aguero on the field after the final whistle, Dean tucked the bright yellow ball up the back of his black referee’s jersey. Rob Harris, The Seattle Times, "Aguero, City humiliate Chelsea — and referee joins in japes," 10 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of ball up

1884, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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The first known use of ball up was in 1884

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