drop the ball


  • WordNet 3.6
    • v drop the ball commit a faux pas or a fault or make a serious mistake "I blundered during the job interview"
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    “The one who complains about the way the ball bounces is likely the one who dropped it”
  • Lou Holtz
    “The man who complains about the way the ball bounces is likely the one who dropped it.”
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    “Those who complain about the way the ball bounces are often the ones who dropped it.”


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.


In literature:

Any player dropping the ball must pick it up and throw in regular form.
"Games for the Playground, Home, School and Gymnasium" by Jessie H. Bancroft
He fell back a few yards, looked for a smooth spot upon which to drop the ball and a second later delivered the kick.
"The Mark of the Knife" by Clayton H. Ernst
He made a gesture of haste, and she dropped the ball down to him.
"Stories by American Authors, Volume 2" by Various
Boil the first three ingredients until a little dropped into cold water can be formed into a firm ball.
"Stevenson Memorial Cook Book" by Various
For saving the ball when it dropped, the martin was given a gourd to build his nest in.
"Two Indian Children of Long Ago" by Frances Taylor
The Devil was certainly in the ball: round it twirled, and dropped into zero as naturally as a duck pops its head into a pond.
"Devil Stories" by Various
Form it into balls the size of an egg, then drop them into boiling water, and boil until set.
"Dressed Game and Poultry à la Mode" by Harriet A. de Salis
The third baseman dropped flat and the ball, just grazing the top of his head, carried away his cap.
"Jimmy Kirkland and the Plot for a Pennant" by Hugh S. Fullerton
To Tompkins, watching with bated breath and clenched fists, it seemed as if the ball would never drop.
"Under Boy Scout Colors" by Joseph Bushnell Ames
All of a sudden, the Stanley player dropped the ball, and the Regal captain seized it.
"A Boy Knight" by Martin J. (Martin Jerome) Scott

In poetry:

Why breathes my anxious heart the frequent sigh?
Why from my eye-balls drop the ready tear?
Is it to mark how present blessings fly?
Is is that griefs to come awake my fear?
"Desiring a Cheerful Resignation to the Divine Will" by Ann Steele
Then I rise, the eave-drops fall,
And the yellow vapours choke
The great city sounding wide;
The day comes, a dull red ball
Wrapt in drifts of lurid smoke
On the misty river-tide.
"Maud II" by Alfred Lord Tennyson
She marks those states alternate rise and fall,
That once o'er all th' imperial scepter bore:
She marks those heroes drop that shook the ball,
Whom Fame, and flaming Victory, slew before.
"Time: An Elegy. Written Near The Ruins Of Elgin Cathedral" by Robert Alves
'If my head hurt a hair's foot
Pack back the downed bone. If the unpricked ball of my breath
Bump on a spout let the bubbles jump out.
Sooner drop with the worm of the ropes round my throat
Than bully ill love in the clouted scene.
"'If my head hurt a hair's foot'" by Dylan Thomas
We summer boys in this four-winded spinning,
Green of the seaweed's iron,
Hold up the noisy sea and drop her birds,
Pick the world's ball of wave and froth
To choke the deserts with her tides,
And comb the county gardens for a wreath.
"I See The Boys Of Summer" by Dylan Thomas

In news:

Deciding what to wear for the Big Ball Dropping to ring in the new year can get a little stressful.
She has also been tapped to push the button to signal the famous ball drop.
Pour hot water into the hand-blown glass teapot, drop in one of the eight balls and watch a miniature floral bouquet blossom as the tea steeps.
Tight ends drop the ball after breakout season.
I stayed at home and watched the ball drop on TV.
The snowballs were actually money-saving pingpong balls dropped from a bucket truck during Main Street Chillicothe's kickoff to Christmas on the Square.
Admits 'dropping the ball' at Corbin site.
Is your pharmacist dropping the ball.
Winner Decent styling and sky-high interior options should help the Forte out, and Kia didn't drop the ball on practicality, either.
While this may have been a justifiable decision if he had been able to snag the ball, he dropped that, too.
Benson drops the ball again.
I had Herman record Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve as I expected to fall asleep long before the ball dropped.
Taylor Swift, Carly Rae Jepsen and Neon Trees are all dropping the ball.
Film is really dropping the ball these days when it comes to the incredible spectacle.
Governor Pat Quinn acknowledges that the state has dropped the ball for years on pension fund ing, but it's state workers and retirees who may foot the bill.

In science:

Suppose next one drops any assumption on the 1-cross of (M, g) and maintains only a lower bound on the volumes of geodesic balls, as in (5.5), on space-like hypersurfaces.
Cheeger-Gromov Theory and Applications to General Relativity
However, if one drops the assumption on the polynomial growth, metric balls do not seem to be always an appropriate choice for admissible sequences.
Integrated density of states for ergodic random Schr\"odinger operators on manifolds
To avoid dropping the ball, you must make catches at certain times in the future.
Juggling probabilities
We shall drop writing either x, or R in the notation of the sphere (ball) in the particular cases when either x = 0, or R = 1.
Diffusion in a weakly random Hamiltonian flow
In order to alleviate the notations, within the proofs -unless explicitely mentioned- X will stand for X −x0 (x0 is dropped since it is fixed but we keep aware that all our results and notations, especially small ball probabilities depend on x0) and fi for the density of hX − x0 , ei i.
Local functional principal component analysis