• If the ball is in someone’s court, it means that it’s up to them to make the next decision or step.
  • The need to react or answer.
  • When someone has to do something before any progress can be made in a situation.

1. The ball is in your court. I need an answer from you by Friday.


2. Well, you can tell me which direction you decide to go. The ball is in your court.


3. Karen, ever since the ball has been in your court you’ve been avoiding me.


4. The ball is in your court Devon. Are you going to smarten up and change or continue to make trouble and find yourself in juvenile detention?

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How about this expression?

Have a ball

  • To have a ball means to have an exciting time.
  • To enjoy yourself very much.
  • To enjoy oneself particularly well and uninhibitedly.

1. A: How was your summer vacation?

B: We had a ball spending our summer in a country cottage in Italy.


2. Thank you for the birthday party darling. I had a ball!


3. My parents had a ball at our wedding.


4. I won an award for best actor and had a ball at the after-party.

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Do more harm than good

To do more harm than good means to have a bad effect rather than a good one. To make a situation worse rather than better. To be damaging rather than helpful. 1. I'm sorry but saying anything at this point may do more harm than good. 2. Her boyfriend is doing more...

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Do the unthinkable

To do the unthinkable means to do something unexpected. Impossible to imagine; inconceivable. Unreasonable; improbable; not to be considered; out of the question. 1. This store is doing the unthinkable and making their products more affordable. 2. Skateboarding isn't...

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Drop something like a hot potato

To drop someone/something like a hot potato means to disassociate oneself with someone or something instantly. To discontinue; to get rid of very quickly. To quickly stop being involved with someone/something. 1. I dropped the idea like a hot potato because my boss...

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