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carry the ball

 
1. Lit. to be the player who is relied on to gain yardage, especially in football. It was the fullback carrying the ball. Yes, Tom always carries the ball.
2. Fig. to be in charge; to be considered reliable enough to make sure that a job gets done. We need someone who knows how to get the job done. Hey, Sally! Why don't you carry the ball for us? John can't carry the ball. He isn't organized enough.
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carry the ball

to do the work necessary to achieve something The people who carried the ball for her campaign were mainly volunteers.
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carry the ball

  (American)
to take control of an activity and do what is needed to get a piece of work done The people who carried the ball for his campaign were mainly volunteers.
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carry the ball

Take charge, advance a cause, as in In our lab any of the assistants can carry the ball. This usage comes from such sports as football, where the ball-carrying player gives the team yardage or a touchdown. By the early 1900s it was being transferred to other endeavors.
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carry the ball

Informal
To assume the leading role; do most of the work.
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This summer, Tisdale has played mostly receiver, and converted linebacker Torey O'Brien (who didn't carry the ball at all last season) appears to have secured the starting tailback spot heading into fall practice.
Offensive coordinator Norm Chow is amused by thoughts he prefers to pass the ball and grudgingly let tailback Sultan McCullough carry the ball 39 times last week against California.
needed Hejduk to carry the ball deep into the attacking end and serve it into the box.
The durable Kawamoto, replacing standout Loren Cerny, was Camarillo's only running back to carry the ball.
In this offense, the fullback's not going to carry the ball a lot, so we're looking for a guy who's half lineman, half receiver.
The splint forces Foster to carry the ball with his left hand, and he is expected to split time with freshman Akil Harris against Arizona on Saturday.
They're trying hard, but they haven't quite figured out how to carry the ball into the end zone.
Defensive back Ray Carmel, a running back in high school, was recruited to carry the ball, and when he struggled to run inside with consistency, the Raiders turned to Evans off the bench, and the powerful sophomore rushed for 84 yards and one touchdown.