keep the ball rolling


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keep the ball rolling

 
1. Lit. to keep a rolling ball moving. You have to throw hard enough to keep the ball rolling all the way to the bowling pins.
2. Fig. to cause something that is in progress to continue. Tom started the project, and we kept the ball rolling. Who will keep the ball rolling now that she is gone?
See also: ball, keep, roll

keep the ball rolling

If someone or something keeps the ball rolling, they make sure that a process continues. We realised we would need outside funding to keep the ball rolling. We made good progress at the end of last year and now I am hoping I can keep the ball rolling.
See also: ball, keep, roll

keep the ball rolling

maintain the momentum of an activity.
See also: ball, keep, roll

get/keep/set/start the ˈball rolling

begin/continue an activity, discussion, etc: I will start the ball rolling by introducing the first speaker.
See also: ball, get, keep, roll, set, start
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But Gunter said: "It's nice to carry on our winning run and keep the ball rolling because for the middle part of the game we were quite poor.
Progress is the main thing and if we can take another step this year it will keep the ball rolling.
With the new Fiesta having led the way in this September extravaganza, Ford has decided to keep the ball rolling for this cracking little car by tweaking the line-up to widen its appeal.
The responsibility is not just on my shoulders for that - all the players who have been involved in the Ashes and all the players from the outside have got a responsibility to keep the ball rolling.
We haven't won anything yet, so we have to keep the ball rolling and hope to get the silverware.
As a result, a mere 3lb rise in the weights does not look enough to stop What Katie Did when he bids to keep the ball rolling in the insurancejobs.
She has become a real standing dish at Musselburgh but Thirsk's five furlong-track is similarly speedy and players can expect her to keep the ball rolling.
As he explains, ``They're way more honest and you really have to keep the ball rolling.
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But it's the personalities within the group which keep the ball rolling while constantly Their background would make it easy to find trouble - especially if they cross a local mob boss like Gyp De Carlo (a surprisingly benevolent Christopher Walken).
Despite Kath's death just over two years ago, Pete has pledged to keep the ball rolling.
There is definitely more to come, this is the fastest I have ever gone in March so if I keep the ball rolling in the summer it'll be good.
Scudetto rivals Juventus are a point behind with a game in hand, so the Rossoneri, who have lost only one of their last seven league matches, need to keep the ball rolling to keep the Old Lady at bay.
My job is just to keep the ball rolling and we have done that and now we have another big game.
Following a gold medal for Cardiff's Fred Evans and a bronze for Barry's Andrew Selby at the recent Commonwealth championships, Wales will be looking to keep the ball rolling at next week's event in Baku.