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Meaning of “drop the ball” in the English Dictionary

"drop the ball" in British English

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drop the ball

US informal to make a ​mistake, ​especially by doing something in a ​stupid or ​careless way: For God's ​sake don't drop the ​ball on this - we're relying on you.
(Definition of drop the ball from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"drop the ball" in American English

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drop the ball

to ​fail to ​keepworking to ​reach a ​goal: Public ​schools have ​dropped the ​ball when it comes to ​teachingkids about ​art and ​music.
(Definition of drop the ball from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “drop the ball”
in Chinese (Simplified) 犯错误(尤指由于愚蠢或粗心)…
in Chinese (Traditional) 犯錯誤(尤指由於愚蠢或粗心)…
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