Drop the Ball

Lisa C. Newcomer Information

In today’s “English Idioms for Newcomers“, let’s take a look at this expression: “Drop the ball”.

What does “drop the ball” mean?

“Drop the ball” means to make a mistake or fail to reach a goal…

  • by doing something in a stupid or careless way
  • by not being able to take timely, effective, or proper action
How to use it?
  • You can either use it by itself or add “on” after it to introduce where the mistake is made: drop the ball on…
  • When it comes to teaching about Aboriginal history, many schools have dropped the ball.
  • The police officers cannot afford to drop the ball again on the investigation of this 30-year-old cold case.

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