carry the ball

car·ry the ball
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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [kar-ee stressed th ee bawl]
    • /ˈkær i stressed ði bɔl/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [kar-ee stressed th ee bawl]
    • /ˈkær i stressed ði bɔl/

Definitions of carry the ball words

  • noun carry the ball to assume responsibility; take command 3
  • noun carry the ball a spherical or approximately spherical body or shape; sphere: He rolled the piece of paper into a ball. 1
  • noun carry the ball a round or roundish body, of various sizes and materials, either hollow or solid, for use in games, as baseball, football, tennis, or golf. 1
  • noun carry the ball a game played with a ball, especially baseball: The boys are out playing ball. 1
  • noun carry the ball Baseball. a pitched ball, not swung at by the batter, that does not pass over home plate between the batter's shoulders and knees. 1
  • noun carry the ball Military. a solid, usually spherical projectile for a cannon, rifle, pistol, etc., as distinguished from a shell. projectiles, especially bullets, collectively. 1

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Origin of carry the ball

First appearance:

before 1175
One of the 8% oldest English words
1175-1225; Middle English bal, balle < Old French < Germanic *ballaz; compare Old Norse bǫllr, Old High German bal, ballo, balla, German Ball, Dutch bal; perhaps akin to Latin follis leather bag; see ballock(s)

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Parts of speech for Carry the ball


carry the ball popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 98% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

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Synonyms for carry the ball

verb carry the ball

  • carry on — If you carry on doing something, you continue to do it.
  • perform — to carry out; execute; do: to perform miracles.
  • carry through — If you carry something through, you do it or complete it, often in spite of difficulties.

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