get/set/start the ball rolling

Definition of get/set/start the ball rolling

informal

  1. :  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

  1. :  to gain possession of

    :  to receive as a return :  earn

    :  to obtain by concession or entreaty

  1. :  something begotten:

    :  offspring

    :  the entire progeny of a male animal

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

    :  a bill of divorce

    :  a religious divorce by Jewish law

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

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

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

  1. :  the act or action of setting

    :  the condition of being set

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

  1. :  intent, determined

    :  intentional, premeditated

    :  fixed by authority or appointment :  prescribed, specified

startplay
  1. :  to move suddenly and violently :  spring

    :  to react with a sudden brief involuntary movement

    :  to issue with sudden force

  1. :  a sudden involuntary bodily movement or reaction

    :  a brief and sudden action or movement

    :  a sudden capricious impulse or outburst

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

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

    :  a document containing an official or formal record

    :  a manuscript book

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

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

    :  to cause to move in a circular manner

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

    :  a sonorous and often rhythmical flow of speech

    :  a heavy reverberatory sound


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