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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.
Translations of “drop the ball”
in Chinese (Traditional) 犯錯誤(尤指由於愚蠢或粗心)…
in Chinese (Simplified) 犯错误(尤指由于愚蠢或粗心)…
(Definition of drop the ball from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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