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ball someone or something up

to interfere with someone or something; to mess someone or something up. Who balled this television up? Someone balled up the television.
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ball something up

to roll something up into a ball. (Alluding to something, such as rope, being tangled up and so useless.) She balled the clay up and stuck it to the clown's face as a nose. Why are you balling up the paper?
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ball up

1. Roll something into a ball, as in She loved to knit and was always balling up her yarn. [Early 1800s]
2. Confuse or bungle, as in Jane got all balled up at the beginning of her speech, or Henry really balled up that exam. This term may come from the fact that when a horse is driven over soft or partly thawed snow, the snow becomes packed into icy balls on its hoofs, making it stumble. Another theory is that it alludes to the vulgar term balls for testicles. [First half of 1900s]
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ball up

v.
1. To roll something into a ball: I balled up the lump of clay. I balled the rest of the yarn up when I finished knitting.
2. To make a mess of something: I think you balled your assignment up. I'm afraid someone will ball up the arrangement.
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ball up

in. to mess up; to make a mess of things. Take your time at this. Go slow and you won’t ball up.
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Offering something for sports fans, MegaFest brings streetball from the neighborhood playground to the bright lights of the Dallas Convention Center Arena when Ball Up, the nation's premiere streetball organization, concludes its 2013 nationwide tour with a championship game on August 31.
LOS ANGELES, June 13, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Continuing to take the world of streetball by storm, Ball Up announced its 2013 nationwide basketball tour today, which will travel throughout the country this summer.
As the tour makes its way across the country, Ball Up will be on the quest for a new breed of performer in the annual "Search for the Next" competition, where one lucky player will gain a coveted spot on the roster.
Past and present sponsors of the Ball Up tour include, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Wilson, Marines, SkullCandy, Toyota and Under Armour.
Abut Ball Up, LLC Founded in 2009, Ball Up is the leading streetball tour in the nation, featuring the Ball Up All-Stars which include many of the most celebrated and talented streetball players from around the country.
For more information about Ball Up, please visit www.