drop the ball

Drop the ball
If someone drops the ball, they are not doing their job or taking their responsibilities seriously enough and let something go wrong.

The small dictionary of idiomes. 2014.

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  • drop the ball — INFORMAL ► to make a mistake, especially by doing something in a careless or stupid way: »The staffer responsible for finding the right location had dropped the ball. Main Entry: ↑drop …   Financial and business terms

  • drop the ball — verb commit a faux pas or a fault or make a serious mistake I blundered during the job interview • Syn: ↑sin, ↑blunder, ↑boob, ↑goof • Derivationally related forms: ↑goof (for: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • drop the ball — verb To fail in ones responsibilities or duties, or to make a mistake, especially at a critical point or when the result is very negative. The movie ought to sputter out here, but Crowe and Cruise dont drop the ball. Syn: fall on ones face, fuck… …   Wiktionary

  • drop the ball — American, informal to make a mistake, especially by doing something in a stupid or careless way. For god s sake don t drop the ball we re relying on you …   New idioms dictionary

  • drop the ball — tv. to fail at something; to allow something to fail. □ I didn’t want to be the one who dropped the ball, but I knew that someone would flub up. □ Sam dropped the ball, and we lost the contract …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • drop the ball — fail to do or complete a task, not follow through    Who dropped the ball? I ll tell you who! We dropped the ball you and I. We need to take responsibility for our lives and our world! …   English idioms

  • Drop\ The\ Ball — To let somebody down or to fail in an assignment, project, etc. Simon really dropped the ball for that customer …   Dictionary of american slang

  • drop the ball —    If someone drops the ball, they are not doing their job or taking their responsibilities seriously enough and let something go wrong.   (Dorking School Dictionary) …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • drop the ball — mainly American mainly journalism to fail to do something that you are responsible for doing I admit it, I dropped the ball …   English dictionary

  • drop the ball — phrasal to make a mistake especially by failing to take timely, effective, or proper action …   New Collegiate Dictionary


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