Definition of Be on the ball

1. Verb. Be well-informed.




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Lexicographical Neighbors of Be On The Ball

be in on
be in one's altitudes
be intimate
be it as it may
be left holding the baby
be like
be mother
be mum
be my guest
be off
be off with you
be on
be on about
be on cloud nine
be on its way out
be on the ball (current term)
be on the horns of a dilemma
be on to
be one
be oneself
be out for
be prepared
be quiet
be right back
be rooped up
be seized of
be sick
be still my beating heart
be still my heart
be taken ill

Literary usage of Be on the ball

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Football for Public and Player by Herbert M. Reed (1913)
"His eyes should be on the ball from the instant he takes his position until the ball is snapped or until he gets the ..."

2. American Physical Education Review by American Physical Education Association (1920)
"The knees should be brought well up ; the legs should not be crossed in the rear ; the toes should grip the ground ; running should be on the ball of the ..."

3. The Mythology of the Wichita by George Amos Dorsey (1904)
"They would hit the 'ball and as it flew the person would be on the ball. When the ball would hit the ground they ..."

4. The Rand-McNally Elementary Geography by Rand McNally and Company (1896)
"... the straight rays of light hit exactly half of its surface, leaving the other half dark. happens to be on the ball on the dark side, it will come around ..."

5. Elementary Geography by Florence Holbrook (1901)
"... the straight rays of light hit exactly half of its surface, leaving the other half dark. happens to be on the ball on the dark side, it will come around ..."

6. Racquets, Tennis, and Squash by Eustace Miles (1903)
"The eye should usually be on the ball. It is a good plan first to get the Court fairly into one's imagination. How valuable this picture is while the stroke ..."

7. Official Basket Ball Guide and Protective Association Rules for 1906-'07 by Thomas H. Smith (1906)
"... is attending to his business his thought* will be on the ball, how to obtain possession of it and keep it in his team's possession, and how to progress ..."

8. Surviving Twilight: A Soldier's Chronicle of Daily Life in Iraq by Shane A. Bernskoetter (2005)
"This first time was a bit of a disaster but now that it has occurred, I'm sure they'll be on the ball next time. Then again, this is BATTALION we're talking ..."

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