Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “drop the ball”

See all translations

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)
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “drop the ball” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

escapism

a way of avoiding an unpleasant or boring life, especially by thinking, reading, etc. about more exciting but impossible activities

Word of the Day

Lies, lies, lies!

by Kate Woodford,
February 25, 2015
​​​ According to sociologists (=people who study the relationships between people living in groups), we are good at lying. As a species, we have developed a remarkable ability to deceive each other (= persuade each other that something false is true). Being able to say things that are not true can help with

Read More 

showrooming noun

February 23, 2015
the activity of examining a product in a physical store and then making the purchase with an online retailer Amazon’s new smartphone is specifically designed to make showrooming fast and easy.

Read More