Hi! This is Ariel Appel from Confident Business English. Helping you get confident in English so you can focus on your business.
Today I’m going to be teaching you three very important idioms that have to do with the word “Ball”.
The Ball Is In Your Court
So the first one is “The Ball is in your Court”. And what does this mean “The Ball is in your Court?” It means that it is up to you to make a decision to do something or take the next step. So for example, “We have given them our best offer, the ball is in their court” or another example “We can’t move forward with the deal until they sign the contract. The ball is still in their court”. And of course this idiom comes from the world of sports again if we have for example Tennis, I hit the ball over to the other player it is naturally their responsibility to hit the ball back to me.
Take Your Eye Off The Ball
So the next idiom is “Taking your eye off the Ball”. So “Taking your eye off the Ball” means not concentrating on something that is important or something that you should be looking at. So for example, “If you’re a manager, you can’t afford to take your eye off the ball for one minute”. So that was idiom number two.
Drop The Ball
And idiom number three is “To drop the Ball”. So “To drop the Ball” means to fail at your responsibilities or duties or to make a mistake at a very critical point that usually has negative results. An example of this could be “Richard dropped the ball when he missed his plane for his business trip”. Another example is “We really need you to be prepared for this meeting. If you come unprepared, you’ll drop the ball during the negotiations.”
So after I finish recording this video, I actually thought about another really important business idiom that has the word “Ball” in it. And this idiom is “To get the ball Rolling”. And what this means is to start something or to keep something moving. An example of this could be “Now that we have the budget for this project, I think it’s really important that we get the ball rolling and start working on it immediately.”
So there you have it! A few idioms that have to do with the word “Ball”. If you found this video helpful, please hit the thumbs up button or leave a comment down below. I personally read every single comment. In any case, it was a real pleasure teaching you. I look forward to teaching you soon again and in the meantime, have a great day!