on the ball

on the ball
phrasal 1. competent, knowledgeable, alert <
the other introductory essay…is much more on the ballTimes Literary Supplement
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keep on the ball
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2. of ability or competence <
if the teacher has something on the ball, the pupils won't squirm much — New Yorker
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New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • on the ball — {adj. phr.}, {informal} 1. Paying attention and doing things well. Used after is or get . * /Ben is really on the ball in school./ * /The coach told Jim he must get on the ball or he cannot stay on the team./ Compare: GET WITH IT, HEADS UP, KEEP… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • on the ball — {adj. phr.}, {informal} 1. Paying attention and doing things well. Used after is or get . * /Ben is really on the ball in school./ * /The coach told Jim he must get on the ball or he cannot stay on the team./ Compare: GET WITH IT, HEADS UP, KEEP… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • on the ball — Ball Ball (b[add]l), n. [OE. bal, balle; akin to OHG. balla, palla, G. ball, Icel. b[ o]llr, ball; cf. F. balle. Cf. 1st {Bale}, n., {Pallmall}.] 1. Any round or roundish body or mass; a sphere or globe; as, a ball of twine; a ball of snow. [1913 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • keep one's eye on the ball — {v. phr.} 1. To watch the ball at all times in a sport, usually in order to hit it or get it; not stop watching the ball. * /Keep your eye on the baseball or you won t be able to hit it./ 2. {informal} To be watchful and ready; be wide awake and… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • keep one's eye on the ball — {v. phr.} 1. To watch the ball at all times in a sport, usually in order to hit it or get it; not stop watching the ball. * /Keep your eye on the baseball or you won t be able to hit it./ 2. {informal} To be watchful and ready; be wide awake and… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • have something on the ball — {v. phr.}, {slang}, {colloquial} To be smart, clever; to be skilled and have the necessary know how. * /You can trust Syd; he s got a lot on the ball OR he s got something on the ball./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • have something on the ball — {v. phr.}, {slang}, {colloquial} To be smart, clever; to be skilled and have the necessary know how. * /You can trust Syd; he s got a lot on the ball OR he s got something on the ball./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • get on the ball — See: ON THE BALL …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • have on the ball — See: ON THE BALL …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • get on the ball — See: ON THE BALL …   Dictionary of American idioms

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