drop the ball


drop the ball
verb
commit a faux pas or a fault or make a serious mistake
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I blundered during the job interview

Syn: ↑sin, ↑blunder, ↑boob, ↑goof
Derivationally related forms: ↑goof (for: ↑goof), ↑boob (for: ↑boob), ↑blunderer (for: ↑blunder), ↑blunder (for: ↑blunder)
Hypernyms:
transgress, ↑offend, ↑infract, ↑violate, ↑go against, ↑breach, ↑break
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s

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Somebody ——s PP

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Somebody ——s something

(for: ↑blunder)

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phrasal
: to make a mistake especially by failing to take timely, effective, or proper action

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drop the ball mainly american mainly journalism phrase
to fail to do something that you are responsible for doing

I admit it, I dropped the ball.

Thesaurus: to make a mistake, or to do something badlysynonym
Main entry: drop

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informal make a mistake; mishandle things

I really dropped the ball on this one

Origin:
with allusion to mishandling in baseball

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drop the ball
US informal : to make a mistake especially by not doing something important

I think the mayor dropped the ball by not hiring more police officers.

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Main Entry:ball
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drop the ball — see ball, 1
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Main Entry:drop

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drop the ˈball idiom
(NAmE, informal) to make a mistake and spoil sth that you are responsible for

Let's not drop the ball on this.

Main entry:dropidiom

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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