on the ball
phrasal 1. competent, knowledgeable, alert <
the other introductory essay…is much more on the ballTimes Literary Supplement
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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

  • On the Ball — refers to two football (soccer) related television shows, one in the UK the other in Australia.United Kingdom On the Ball is the weekly Saturday lunchtime football round up shown as part of World of Sport on ITV for many years until 1985. It was… …   Wikipedia

  • On the Ball — Cameltry ist ein Computerspiel von Taito, das 1989 für die Arcaden und 1992 für das SNES veröffentlicht wurde. Außerhalb Japans ist es als On the Ball bekannt. Ziel des Spiels ist es, eine Kugel durch labyrinthartige Level zu steuern. Im… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • On The Ball, City — On The Ball, City, the Norwich City song, is regarded as the world s oldest football song still in use today; the song is in fact older than the club itself having probably been penned for Norwich Teachers or Caley s FC in the 1890s, and used by… …   Wikipedia

  • On The Ball (Irish song) — On The Ball is a song by Against The Grain. It was made for Ireland s 1994 World Cup Campaign …   Wikipedia

  • 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

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