Definition of “drop the ball” - English Dictionary

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“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 keep working to reach a goal:

Public schools have dropped the ball when it comes to teaching kids about art and music.

(Definition of “drop the ball” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)