carry the ball
phrasal to perform or assume the chief role ; bear the major portion of work or responsibility

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • carry the ball — {v. phr.}, {informal} To take the most important or difficult part in an action or business. * /None of the other boys would tell the principal about their breaking the window, and John had to carry the ball./ * /When the going is rough, Fred can …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • carry the ball — {v. phr.}, {informal} To take the most important or difficult part in an action or business. * /None of the other boys would tell the principal about their breaking the window, and John had to carry the ball./ * /When the going is rough, Fred can …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • carry the ball — phrasal : to perform or assume the chief role : bear the major portion of work or responsibility * * * carry the ball US informal : to have the responsibility for doing something No one else is available to make the arrangements, so it s up to… …   Useful english dictionary

  • carry\ the\ ball — v. phr. informal To take the most important or difficult part in an action or business. None of the other boys would tell the principal about their breaking the window, and John had to carry the ball. When the going is rough, Fred can always be… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • carry the ball — take the most important or difficult part in an action or business The vice president was forced to carry the ball while the president was away …   Idioms and examples

  • carry the ball — American to take control of an activity and do what is needed to get a piece of work done. The people who carried the ball for his campaign were mainly volunteers …   New idioms dictionary

  • carry the ball — idi to assume the responsibility; bear the burden …   From formal English to slang

  • carry the ball (to) —  Take charge of a project or situation (football).  ► “Most important, you have to persuade your top executives to carry the ball, balancing between candor and prudence, because reporters never want to quote the PR* guy.” (Wall Street Journal,… …   American business jargon

  • to carry 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 — 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

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