to carry the ball

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - carry the ball

"to carry the ball"

to assume responsibility and do most of the work


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - carry the ball

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  I don't know how you manage with two young children and taking care of your household when your husband goes away for a camping weekend with his friends.

Friend 2:  What choice do I have but to carry the ball?

Friend 1:  I suppose if he leaves, that you have no choice but to be responsible.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - carry the ball

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  I heard that you got a promotion.

Colleague 2:  Not really. The boss just asked me to be in charge of a new campaign.

Colleague 1:  And the boss is not going to be involved?

Colleague 2:  No. He wants me to carry the ball on my own.

Colleague 1:  That's a lot of work and responsibility.

to carry the ball - Usage:


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to carry the ball - Gerund Form:

Carrying the ball on an important project can be stressful.

to carry the ball - Examples:

1)  ... who can carry the ball. So we're all capable of carrying the load and taking some of it ...

2)  ... to the funding issue. You are going to be the one to carry the ball in all issues.

3)  So did Clinton, having Hillary carry the ball, but also without success.

4)  ... (then he named one of the other four managers) who can carry the ball for the company.

5)  ... little they do in policy-making. While these senators trust their staffs to carry the ball, and the lobbyist tell them how to vote.

6)  ... draw bright lines between educational policies probably chose to allow the unions to carry the ball among their members.

7)  But if you involve them in the process, they can carry the ball because church planting has also become their idea.

8)  Who do you think he is going to get to carry the ball in Afghanistan? The USA wants bases in Australia, and what do they ...

9)  As it has been throughout history the artists are always the ones to carry the ball for civilization going forward.

10)  ... view is that we should leave other agencies and local music interests to carry the ball from here.

11)  ... but being the primary spokesman for the organization - Mensinger carried the ball almost exclusively.

12)  ... an all-star cast of characters who really carried the ball along here for decades -- and have all passed on.

13)  ... the one carrying the ball, and their instinctual leap of faith and final attempt at success.

14)  ... UN Security Council, into taking action. Otherwise America would be carrying the ball alone, to be the target of criticism when things go wrong with the rebels ...

15)  The Federal Reserve has been carrying the ball for the fiscal authorities by holding down interest rates in an attempt to stoke the ...

16)  After this, Martin isn't just carrying the ball. He's carrying the possibilities.

17)  Only the donor agency officials supported by thriving consultancy business are carrying the ball.

18)  Lerner carries the ball further and gives alternative explanations for the red shift beside big bang expansion.

19)  But if it's part of the university's business to carry on the Catholic intellectual tradition, we should expect Catholics to carry the ball.

20)  MacDonald said a lot of what it envisioned for the area will depend on private development. "Our developers in Fredericton area going to really carry the ball on this," she said.