A lost ball in the high weeds - A lost ball in the high weeds is someone who does not know what they are doing, where they are or how to do something.
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Ball is in your court - If the ball is in your court, it is up to you to make the next decision or step.
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Balls to the walls - (USA) If you do something balls to the wall, you apply full acceleration or exertion.
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Behind the eight ball - A difficult position from which it is unlikely one can escape.
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Curve ball - (USA) If something is a curve ball, it is deceptive.
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Drop the ball - If someone drops the ball, they are not doing their job or taking their responsibilities seriously enough and let something go wrong.
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Get the ball rolling - If you get the ball rolling, you start something so that it can start making progress.
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Have a ball - If you have a ball, you have a great time, a lot of fun.
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Keep your eye on the ball - If you keep your eye on the ball, you stay alert and pay close attention to what is happening.
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On the ball - If someone's on the ball, they are well-informed and know what's going on in their area of responsibility or interest.
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Play ball - If you play ball, you agree to do what someone asks you to do, or to agree to work with someone in order to achieve something together (often negative)
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Take your eye off the ball - If someone takes their eye off the ball, they don't concentrate on something important that they should be looking at.
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The ball's in your court - If somebody says this to you, they mean that it's up to you to decide or take the next step.
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Whole ball of wax - (USA) The whole ball of wax is everything.
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Whole new ball game - If something's a whole new ball game, it is completely new or different.
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In literature:
The earliest social function which I remember is a ball given by my father and mother when I must have been about four years of age.
"Reminiscences, 1819-1899" by Julia Ward Howe
If a less number of persons play, eight balls may still be used, one or more of the players playing two balls.
"Croquet" by Anonymous
There is always something in being the partner of the belle of a ball-room.
"Jack Hinton The Guardsman" by Charles James Lever
Ashminster remained on their line and Armstrong, the Elfrey scrum-half, was bringing out the ball.
"Years of Plenty" by Ivor Brown
Tallied for an interesting game of base ball.
"An Artilleryman's Diary" by Jenkin Lloyd Jones
I'm going on to Kitty Illingham's ball.
"Shadows of Flames" by Amelie Rives
Garnish with rice balls made as follows: Steam one cupful of rice until tender.
"Civic League Cook Book" by Anonymous
And the idea of stopping balls on her shins amidst the mud and scrimmage of the hockey field rather appalled her.
"Just Gerry" by Christine Chaundler
I got one ball and one strike on him and then delivered a ball that was aimed to be a low curve over the outside corner.
"Pitching in a Pinch" by Christy Mathewson
No matter where he shot the ball nor how hard he sent it, Roy's hands gripped themselves about it.
"The Crimson Sweater" by Ralph Henry Barbour
Here is your needle and ball, my dear, go to work at once.
"Norine's Revenge; Sir Noel's Heir" by May Agnes Fleming
Public balls include County Balls, Charity Balls, and Subscription Balls, etc.
"Manners and Rules of Good Society" by Anonymous
Away goes the ball, and the bull-dogs after it, and in another minute there is a shout of "In touch," "Our ball.
"Tom Brown at Rugby" by Thomas Hughes
He thought he sighted perfectly, but when it was fired the ball did not hit the target cleanly.
"Dick Hamilton's Cadet Days" by Howard R. Garis
His head looked like a ball nailed onto another ball, which had legs so short that they almost resembled balls too.
"The Works of Guy de Maupassant, Vol. 6" by Guy de Maupassant
The balls so prepared may then be rolled in shredded cocoanut, cut fine, or the balls without the sugar may be covered with the cocoanut.
"Candy-Making Revolutionized" by Mary Elizabeth Hall
They're outside organized ball, and any man who jumps to them will be blacklisted.
"Lefty Locke Pitcher-Manager" by Burt L. Standish
Marsh was very patient, and made no comment as ball after ball was despatched to the boundary.
""Pip"" by Ian Hay
And either way, Master Briggs, I intend to have satisfaction, or I may just take your balls for a bell buoy.
"Caribbee" by Thomas Hoover
Even the most fantastically complicated combinations plopped the required ball into a pocket.
"The Boy Grew Older" by Heywood Broun
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In poetry:
It clutched my throat, I coughed;
Nothing was in my head
Except two heavy eyes
Like balls of burning lead.
"The Fog" by William H Davies
Powder and ball and blunder-buss
To save me if he can,
And eke five guineas if he shoot
A resurrection man.
"The Surgeon's Warning" by Robert Southey
Her empty bed, her idle ball,
Will never see her more;
No gentle tap, no loving purr
Is heard at the parlor door.
"A Lament For S. B. Pat Paw" by Louisa May Alcott
Vermilion Ball that's given
From lip to lip in Heaven ;
Love's Couches cover-led :
Haste, haste, to make her bed.
"The Rose" by Richard Lovelace
The laden waggon tinkles by,
The post is going out,
The lights are lit, the coaches ply
To tavern, ball, and rout.
"A Town" by Jane Taylor
Singer, be sad and upset,
Love, and remember, and call,
Catch, from a dark planet sent,
Light and magnificent ball.
""I often shiver with cold"" by Osip Emilevich Mandelstam
In news:
In the case of the Native American claims, it was Warren herself who ill-advisedly got that ball rolling years ago, only to see it blown up like a Fenway Park bleacher ball by academic administrators.
Beamer ball vs Rutgers ball, perhaps.
After fumbling the ball only twice all season, Redskins running back Alfred Morris has now coughed up the ball in back-to-back games.
Thomas burned Alto 's defense for a 70-yard touchdown on Mart's second play of its second drive, and Sturns coughed up the ball on the first play to give Mart the ball back on Alto 's 33.
Four balls are in play at any one time - a white volleyball called a "Quaffle" and three red dodge balls, or "Bludgers.".
The first time Adam Greenberg got to the plate in a Major League Baseball game he didn't get a chance to hit the ball before the ball hit him.
Pittsburgh has turned the ball over 25 times this season while taking the ball away 12 times.
Tubbs says he believes the ball belongs in the Baseball Hall of Fame -- and that people who were sitting around him have offered to sign affidavits, verifying the ball 's authenticity.
To serve, place large cheese ball on platter and top with the small ball , like a snowman figure.
Shape in a ball or several small balls for gift giving.
Beamer ball vs Rutgers ball , perhaps.
You could interpret it as a 50-50 split between running the ball and passing the ball.
There also are several lots of true billiard balls, as well as other lots of snooker and bumper pool balls.
Winner was the guy who knocked in all their billiard balls plus the 8 ball.
"Ball aluminum cans offer brand -building features, larger branding real estate and all the sustainability advantages of the can," says Rob Miles, senior vice president, sales for Ball's metal beverage packaging division, Americas.
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In science:
The density of zeros in a unit ball B1 (z0) around z0 then grows like N m , so we rescale the zeros in the 1/√N ball B1/√N (z0 ) by a factor of √N to get conﬁgurations of zeros with a constant density as N → ∞.
Universality and scaling of zeros on symplectic manifolds
For convenience let g = γm be the number of green balls, r = (1 − γ )m be the number of red balls, and b = βm be the number of balls selected.
On the critical exponents of random k-SAT
Since there is no inﬁnite cluster, given any ball B about o and any ǫ > 0, there is a ball B ′ so that with probability at least 1 − ǫ, there is a unique maximal set K ⊂ B ′ such that all of ∂E K is closed and B ⊂ K .
Explicit isoperimetric constants and phase transitions in the random-cluster model
For small radii, the balls barely overlap and mµ corresponds to the Minkowski functional of an isolated ball.
Morphology of the large-scale structure
It plays with node degrees and nodes as it would play with balls and boxes in the balls-in-boxes model with occupation weights pn .
Statistical ensemble of scale-free random graphs
The Quincunx constructed by Galton in the second half of the nineteenth century, consisted of balls rolling down an array of pins and getting collected in the vertical compartments placed at the bottom. A pin deﬂects the rolling ball randomly and with equal probability to its left or right.
An Introduction to Monte Carlo Simulation of Statistical physics Problem
The Quincunx constructed by Galton toward the end of the nineteenth century, consisted of balls rolling down an array of pins (which deﬂect the balls randomly to their left or right) and getting collected in the vertical compartments placed at the bottom.
Monte Carlo: Basics
The rest of the section is devoted to the study of averages over balls: we prove that under certain conditions the classiﬁcation is independent of the centre of the balls (Proposition 3.3).
Classification on the average of random walks
A ball naturally embeds in a type IV domain: if (W, ψ) is as in the ball example, then V := W ⊕ W has signature (2, 2n). A real structure is given by stipulating that the interchange map is complex conjugation and this yields a nondegenerate symmetric bilinear form φ deﬁned over R.
Compactifications defined by arrangements I: the ball quotient case
The previous two examples describe the moduli spaces of Del Pezzo surfaces of degree one and two as a ball quotient and express its GIT compactiﬁcation as a modiﬁed BailyBorel compactiﬁcation of the ball quotient.
Compactifications defined by arrangements I: the ball quotient case
One phase (elongated, ﬂuid) for small densities, where the balls are uniformly distributed in the urns, the secodn one (crumpled, Bose-Einstein) phase, where in one only vertex the number of balls is about M balls.
Gibbs and Quantum Discrete Spaces
Eα is an α-dimensional plane in IRd , dµ(Ea) its density normalized such that, for the d-dimensional ball Bd (r) with radius r , Wα (Bd(r)) = ωd rd−α and ωd is the volume of the unit ball in IRd .
Euler-Poincare' Characteristic and Phase Transition in the Potts Model
Indeed, with probability of order exp(−RT ) (R large), the Brownian motion (Bs , 0 ≤ s ≤ T ) stays in a ball of radius √RT , so that in the study of the large deviations of YT , we can restrict ourselves to tra jectories conﬁned to such balls with R large enough.
Quenched large deviations for diffusions in a random Gaussian shear flow drift
For generic choice of the initial condition the two balls will collide from time to time, and after each collision it becomes more diﬃcult to predict the position of the balls.
Complex Systems: a Physicist's Viewpoint
For any ﬁxed k > 0, consider the geodesic ball Bp = Bp(k/λ), so the g-radius of this ball is k/λ → 0, as λ → ∞.
Cheeger-Gromov Theory and Applications to General Relativity
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