to pick up the ball and run with it

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - pick up the ball and run with it

"to pick up the ball and run with it"

to continue an activity or process that someone else has started, often when that person could not finish it or make it work


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - pick up the ball and run with it

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  Brian has quit his job. He found the work too difficult.

Colleague 2:  But he was working on a big project. We need that work done. It is critical.

Colleague 1:  I guess the boss will choose someone to pick up the ball and run with it.

Colleague 2:  I would love the opportunity to take over from Brian and move the project forward.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - pick up the ball and run with it

Two parents are talking about their two children ...

Father:  Where is Jane?

Mother:  She is out doing her dog-walking service.

Father:  I thought that was John's little business?

Mother:  It was until John lost interest. The phone kept ringing with clients wanting the service so Jane just picked up the ball and ran with it. She is really building the business now. It has become a real source of income for her.

Father:  That's my girl. Good for her.

to pick up the ball and run with it - Usage:


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to pick up the ball and run with it - Gerund Form:

Picking up the ball and running with it shows that you are a team player.

to pick up the ball and run with it - Examples:

1)  But once she was gone, losing in the group stage, Sindhu picked up the ball and ran with it.

2)  ... back in the day and both picked up the ball and ran with it. They lead a young team of professionals in ...

3)  ... he was given an opportunity and really picked up the ball and ran with it. It's really cool to see him step up.

4)  ... were told to go in any directions they desired, and they really picked up the ball and ran with it. "We were given the freedom to design our ...

5)  ... but the sequels picked up the ball and ran with it all the way to score a superb try. 

6)  ... but had an opportunity here and totally picked up the ball and ran with it.

7)  Intel picked up the ball and ran with it, launching the Ultrabook concept.

8)  ... failed to see the commercial potential of its invention and others picked up the ball and ran with it.

9)  ... and have fabulous ideas, and I am so happy to see them pick up the ball and run with it.

10)  I've been given the opportunity now, I just have to pick up the ball and run with it.

11)  ... and be willing to work hard. You should be able to pick up the ball and run with it, and be willing to learn on the job.

12)  I waited for someone else to pick up the ball and run with it, but nobody did.

13)  ... convinced them they were of value. It was then for them to pick up the ball and run with it, to build a new reality when the TV cameras had ...

14)  Whenever one gives good technology to young people, they pick up the ball and run with it

15)  ... who are better at certain things than I am, so I say pick up the ball and run with it.

16)  ... even get to make his debut. What he did in picking up the ball and running with it is the stuff of Hollywood legend.

17)  They've picked up the ball and run with it and we've dropped out of the game.

18)  ... all the credit in the world for that. He's really just picked up the ball and run with it.

19)  OK, this is your show. Pick up the ball and run with it.

20)  ... travelling with a friend with a black belt in travel planning. Lisa picks up the ball and runs with it, gleefully amassing details, deals, logistical solutions.