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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We've had such an incredible response to previous events and we really want to keep the ball rolling," said co-organiser Christopher Rees.
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.
Progress is the main thing and if we can take another step this year it will keep the ball rolling.
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.
BORO'S players were today ordered keep the ball rolling by producing a Capital Show at Spurs on Wednesday.
Hughie Morrison's yard is sure to be buzzing after Sakhee's Secret demolished the July Cup field last Friday and this one looks set to keep the ball rolling.
She has become a real standing dish at Musselburgh but Thirsk's fivefurlong track is similarly speedy and players can expect her to keep the ball rolling.
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.
See the liberal news media (also Democrats) keep the ball rolling.
And Cummins is desperate to keep the ball rolling by notching a hat-trick of wins at Aberdeen on Saturday.
GEORGE MARGARSON has his team in fine fettle and Artful Lady, one of his two winners last week, should keep the ball rolling in the 32Red Casino Apprentice Handicap at Kempton on Thursday.
My job is just to keep the ball rolling and we have done that and now we have another big game.
David Moyes and Kevin Davies have made a start by highlighting the issue, now it's time for everybody else to keep the ball rolling.
And the force was keen to keep the ball rolling and maintain numbers.