|ball is in your court
||If the ball is in your court, it is your turn to speak or act next.
We gave the manager a list of complaints, so the ball is in his court now.
|have a ball
||If you have a ball you enjoy yourself immensely.
The party was great. We had a ball.
|on the ball
||If you are on the ball, you are aware of what is happening and are able to deal with things quickly and intelligently.
We need someone who is really on the ball to head the fund-raising campaign.
|start the ball rolling
||If you start the ball rolling, you begin an activity in which other people will join.
Let’s start the ball rolling by calling on our first speaker.
|that’s the way the ball bounces
||Things don’t always work out as planned, and there’s nothing we can do about it – that’s life.
He didn’t get the prize he expected, but never mind – that’s the way the ball bounces.
|whole new ball game
||To refer to something as a whole new ball game means that it is a completely different situation due to a new set of circumstances.
Email and text messaging have made communication a whole new ball game.
|dive in headfirst
||If you begin something enthusiastically, without thinking about the possible consequences, you dive in headfirst.
Tony accepted the project without realizing the time it would take; he always dives in headfirst!
||If someone is on a fishing expedition, they are trying to obtain information in any way possible.
The lunch invitation was clearly a fishing expedition to obtain information about his private life.
|fishing for compliments
||When someone is obviously waiting for you to say something nice, they are fishing for compliments.
I know why she invited us to her new house – she’s just fishing for compliments.
|at this stage of thegame
||This expression refers to the current point reached in a process, activity or deveoping situation.
At this stage of the game I think any further intervention would be unwise. Let’s wait and see how things develop.
|give the game away
||If you give the game away, you reveal a secret or a plan, often unintentionally.
He hoped nobody in the hotel would recognize him, but an employee gave the game away.
|play the game
||If you play the game, you accept to do things according to generally-accepted customs or code of behaviour.
Not all website owners play the game. Some download content from other sites without permission.
|play games with someone
||If you are not completely honest, or behave in a way that is insincere, evasive or intentionally misleading, you are playing games with someone.
Look, stop playing games with us. Just tell us if you’re interested in the project or not.
|two can play at thatgame
||You say this to tell someone that you can behave towards them in the same unpleasant way that they have behaved towards you.
He refuses to take my call? Tell him two can play at that game!
|a waiting game
||A person who plays a waiting game delays taking any action or making any decision because they prefer to wait and see how things develop, usually in the hope that this will put them in a stronger position.
Our competitiors are not reacting. They’re playing a waiting game.
|hang up one’s boots
||When a sports player hangs up their boots, they stop playing and retire. (This expression is often used to refer to retirement in general.)
Dad says he’s going to hang up his boots at the end of the year.
|learn the ropes
||If you learn the ropes, you learn how to do a particular job correctly.
He’s bright. It won’t take him long to learn the ropes.
|make the cut
||If you make the cut, you reach a required standard or succeed in passing from one round of a competition to another.
After intensive training, Sarah made the cut and joined the team.
|paddle one’s own canoe
||If you paddle your own canoe, you do what you want to do without help or interference from anyone.
He decided to paddle his own canoe and set up his own business.
|race against time
||When someone is in a race against time, they have to work very quickly in order to do or finish something before a certain time.
It was a race against time to get everything ready for the inauguration.
||If you use your connections with someone successful in order to achieve fame or success for yourself, without any personal effort, youride their coattails.
He rode his uncle’s cottails in the hope of being elected.
|ride roughshod over
||If you ride roughshod over something, you behave in a harsh or thoughtless manner, or you treat a situation with contempt.
The government rode roughshod over all opposition to the new measures.
|ride it out
ride out the storm
|If you manage to survive a dangerous or very unpleasant situation, like a ship sailing through a storm, you ride it out.
His business was hit by the recession but he managed to ride it out.
|let something ride
||When you decide to do nothing about a particular situation and allow it to remain as it is, you let it ride.
Bill didn’t like the way his wife spoke to the operator, but he let it ride to avoid another quarrel.
|take for a ride
||To take someone for a ride means to cheat or deceive them.
I discovered he had charged me double the normal fee. He really took me for a ride!
||Someone who is riding high is enjoying a period of success or popularity.
He’s been riding high since the success of his last film.
|sail close to the wind
||If you sail close to the wind, you do something dangerous or act just within the limits of what is legal or acceptable.
He seems to invest his money well although he often sails close to the wind.
||If you sail through something, for example a test or an exam, you succeed in doing it without difficulty.
The English test was no problem for Pedro. He sailed through it.
|take wind out of sails
||If someone or something takes the wind out of your sails, they make you feel less confident by doing or saying something that you do not expect.
The manger’s rejection of our marketing strategy really took the wind out of our sails.
|skating on thin ice
||If you are skating on thin ice, you are doing or saying something that could cause disagreement or trouble.
Don’t mention that subject during the negotiations or you could be skating on thin ice.
|swim against the tide
||A person who is doing or saying the opposite to most other people is said to be swimming against the tide.
Perhaps it’s because she always swims against the tide that her books are successful.