get/set/start the ball rolling

Definition of get/set/start the ball rolling

informal
:to begin an activity or process
  • At the meeting, she tried to get the ball rolling by asking a few questions.

Word by Word Definitions

get play
  1. : to gain possession of

  2. : to receive as a return : earn

  3. : to obtain by concession or entreaty

  1. : something begotten:

  2. : offspring

  3. : the entire progeny of a male animal

  1. : a document of release from obligation in Jewish law

  2. : a religious divorce by Jewish law

set play
  1. : to cause to sit : place in or on a seat

  2. : to put (a fowl) on eggs to hatch them

  3. : to put (eggs) for hatching under a fowl or into an incubator

  1. : the act or action of setting

  2. : the condition of being set

  3. : a number of things of the same kind that belong or are used together

  1. : intent, determined

  2. : intentional, premeditated

  3. : fixed by authority or appointment : prescribed, specified

start play
  1. : to move suddenly and violently : spring

  2. : to react with a sudden brief involuntary movement

  3. : to issue with sudden force

  1. : a sudden involuntary bodily movement or reaction

  2. : a brief and sudden action or movement

  3. : a sudden capricious impulse or outburst

roll play rolling
  1. : a written document that may be rolled up : scroll

  2. : a manuscript book

  3. : a list of names or related items : catalog

  1. : to impel forward by causing to turn over and over on a surface

  2. : to cause to revolve by turning over and over on or as if on an axis

  3. : to cause to move in a circular manner

  1. : a sound produced by rapid strokes on a drum

  2. : a sonorous and often rhythmical flow of speech

  3. : a heavy reverberatory sound


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