- the ball is in your court = it's your turn, it's your decision. We already decided what to do, now the ball is in your court.
- out of left field = unexpected. Sheila didn't know what to do when she was asked that question out of left field.
- to get to first base = to reach the first stage of success in an attempt to achieve something. We will get to first base when we finish this campaign.
- to play the game = to accept the rules, to do things in the expected or usual way. If you want to be promoted, you have to play the game.
- to hit below the belt = to hurt somebody in an unfair or cruel way. His comments hit below the belt.
- to hold the aces = to have the necessary advantages so that you are sure that you will win. The Americans hold all the aces in space exploration.
- to give the game away = to spoil a surprise or secret by doing something that lets somebody guess what the secret is. Laura gave the game away by laughing just when Tom came in.
- a win-win situation = a situation that will end well for everyone involved. This campaign is a win-win situation.
- to kick off = to start. The meeting kicked off with the director's speech.
- to start/keep the ball rolling = to begin/continue something. To start the ball rolling, famous artists were invited to contribute to the campaign. To keep the ball rolling, people can donate their part too.
- that's the way the ball bounces = that's the way things happen. Paul was fired because he had stolen a computer, that's the way the wall bounces.
- to jump the gun = to start doing something too son. We have to take our time to think about this decision, so don't jump the gun.
- to take time out = to take a break from an activity. I have a terrible headache, could we just take a time-out?
- to touch base with somebody = to talk to somebody about something. I have to touch base with my boss before I present my resignation.
- to throw in the towel = to admit that you have been defeated. I have to go on until I succeed, I'm not going to throw in the towel yet.
We thank Bladimir Rodríguez (from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic) for his suggestions.
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