to keep the ball rolling

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - keep the ball rolling

"to keep the ball rolling"

to cause something that is in progress (project, plan or activity) to continue


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - keep the ball rolling

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  Last night's charity event raised over twenty thousand dollars for the new charity. Now we need some way to ensure that donations continue.

Friend 2:  I've got a few ideas that will keep the ball rolling. We could mount a door-to-door campaign or use the emails we collected to start an email campaign.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - keep the ball rolling

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  OK. We've got our new safety initiative started. What can we do to keep employees motivated to be vigilant towards safety?

Colleague 2:  Let's offer "rewards" when an employee can suggest a further improvement to the plan.

Colleague 1:  That should help keep the ball rolling.

to keep the ball rolling - Usage:


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to keep the ball rolling - Gerund Form:

Keeping the ball rolling on your newest project could prove more difficult than it was to start the project.

to keep the ball rolling - Examples:

1)  I am concerned we are applying most of our innovation to keep the ball rolling and not to manage the size.

2)  Therefore they must know how to make money with publicity, keep the ball rolling and get some more themselves.

3)  Keep the ball rolling. Ask your friends through their email lists to ask their friends to contact ...

4)  ... please forward this message to your family and friends and "keep the ball rolling".

5)  It's good to keep the ball rolling, I think people's attention spans are really short these days, you need ...

6)  Especially when working with someone like Lily I have to keep the ball rolling and the inspiration going, ...

7)  ... still send my resume to 3-5 new agencies per week just to keep the ball rolling.

8)  ... even the smallest spend is a contribution and will help keep the ball rolling.

9)  To keep the ball rolling means to continue working.

10)  DO: Keep the ball rolling: You've got to keep the momentum going, there's no point throwing ...

11)  ... it takes a lot of hard work to keep the ball rolling.

12)  Lastly Lynch has an ability to keep the ball rolling, things progress, change, characters die and are converted into other characters, ...

13)  And that will only keep the ball rolling with innovations and improvements to VoIP.

14)  ... if we can do that tomorrow it will be good to keep the ball rolling for the next few days of the event.

15)  ... government will work closely with the private sector in the country to keep the ball rolling for the betterment of the country's economy.

16)  ... and while the modding community has managed to largely keep the ball rolling, it only has so much momentum but its effectiveness is diminished by a fragmented ...

17)  Be sure to have your own suggested topics to keep the ball rolling.

18)  ... as they sought sweet spots on what to work on together to keep the ball rolling and build momentum.

19)  ... more shows! I have already started contacting people and venues to keep the ball rolling.

20)  The idea is to keep the ball rolling, instead of an entire economy falling apart ...