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English definition of “the ball is in sb's court”

the ball is in sb's court

If the ball is in someone's court, they have to do something before any progress can be made in a situation: It's up to you what to do - the ball is in your court now.Duty, obligation and responsibility
(Definition of the ball is in sb's court from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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