to keep your eye on the ball

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - keep your eye on the ball

"to keep your eye on the ball"

to give your complete attention to what you are doing or want to achieve


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - keep your eye on the ball

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  Looks like we are going to have to discontinue Product A.

Colleague 2:  Why? What happened?

Colleague 1:  We didn't keep our eye on the ball and our main competitor made some major improvements to their product. They also dropped the price and basically pushed us out of the market.

Colleague 2:  We need to watch our competitors more closely in the future.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - keep your eye on the ball

A father and daughter are talking ...

Father:  Well. You are going off to college next week and we need to have a chat.

Daughter:  OK.

Father:  You are going to find that there will be many distractions at college. There are lots of sports teams and extra activities, not to mention the parties and boys.

Daughter:  Sounds like fun.

Father:  But you must remain vigilant with your studies. Yes, have some fun but always keep your eye on the ball. Your main focus must be your studies. The whole point is to finish college and get a degree.

Daughter:  Thanks Dad. I will pay careful attention to my studies.

to keep your eye on the ball - Usage:


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to keep your eye on the ball - Gerund Form:

Keeping your eye on the ball at all times is critical when operating heavy machinery.

to keep your eye on the ball - Examples:

1)  Every life is a journey and you have to persevere and keep your eye on the ball.

2)   ... will lead to missteps and missed opportunities. And lastly, keep your eye on the ball, the ball being your key objective.

3)  ... at any given time, and to not lose your nerve. To keep your eye on the ball, but to be constantly thinking about what you're making and ...

4)  Unless you consistently keep your eye on the ball, certain gains that you think you had are going to slip ...

5)  It just takes a lot of nerve and emotional control to keep your eye on the ball in those conditions and realize that everyone else is hurting.

6)  That's not a bad thing, as long as you keep your eye on the ball and your creative vision intact.

7)  ... you keep them well capitalized and keep your eye on the ball on costs, balance sheet and reserves.

8)  It's important to learn in junior high that you do have to keep your eye on the ball and study for tests.

9)  It is so important for us to keep our eye on the ball and not panic, not succumb to fear, because ...

10)  We need to keep our eye on the ball and work towards it and in the meantime ...

11)  But we have to keep our eye on the ball; our focus is to advocate for quality health care services for ...

12)  We just have to make sure we keep our eye on the ball collectively and try and spot anything as soon as it might start ...

13)  Let's keep our eye on the ball and remain vigilant to ensure the conviction of those who truly deserve ...

14)  ... will always go wrong, so be prepared for it. Successful startups keep their eye on the ball, pay attention to competitors, and they're always ready to ...

15)  ... for properly instructing the jury to not be overwhelmed by gang evidence and keep their eye on the ball -- which was identification.

16)  We have to keep an eye on the ball. It is very easy to call the shots from the sidelines ...

17)  ... be responsible in everything I do. I always have to remember to keep my eye on the ball, stay focused on what I'm doing and not be swallowed ...

18)  It's very exciting, but I need to keep my eye on the ball. There will be a lot of hard work to do in ...

19)  We are making fun of this administration's ability to keep its eye on the ball. When the world is in turmoil and the economy is broken.

20)  ... emerging market optimism running high, South Africa will need to "keep its eye on the ball" if it wants to improve its ranking in the emerging markets.