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Try to kick the ball into the back of the net.
a tennis/golf ball
Shape the dough into balls.
a melon ball
a ball of wool
We'll be outside playing ball until dinner.
He kicked a long ball upfield.
the college's summer ball
He balanced on the balls of his feet.
I've done my bit. The ball's in his court now.
There are several things we should discuss. Who'd like to start the ball rolling?
Everyone seemed to be having a ball.
Cole's skill on the ball is incredible.
When manufacturers refused to play ball, the company stopped buying.
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American English version of definition of ball
used with other nouns to describe the unexpected and often unwanted effects of a particular situation or trend
one of the pair of bones that go across the top of your chest from your shoulder to the bottom of...
a woman in middle age who has to juggle caring for teenage children and ageing parents with a career
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Definition of ball from the online English dictionary from Macmillan Publishers Limited.