set the ball rolling

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set/start the ball rolling

to do something which starts an activity, or to start doing something in order to encourage other people to do the same I've started the ball rolling by setting up a series of meetings. The hospital appeal received a gift for $1 million to set the ball rolling.
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Prop Joe Fitzpatrick set the ball rolling by powering his way over and this finally opened the floodgates.
Katrina Lythgoe set the ball rolling by taking the women's lightweight singles before Hannah Thomas did a first-ever Wales one-two, taking the junior singles and then the junior doubles with Angharad Pereira-Rego.
Shearer's ninth-minute penalty - the 400th goal of his career and his 249th in the Premiership - set the ball rolling and when Titus Bramble added a second seven minutes before the break, the game should have been over.
Craig Smart set the ball rolling for Montrose in 16 minutes with a cool finish and Martin Wood made it two with 20 minutes left.
Karadin set the ball rolling for Johnson, who was taking his tally for the season to 70 - still 19 adrift of the champion - in the Summer Jumping Novices' Chase Championship.
Andy Kirk set the ball rolling for Hearts when he opened the scoring after 18 minutes before de Vries claimed his first goal of the day five minutes before the break.
Bruce Rioch's side dominated from start to finish, but they required a slice of good fortune to set the ball rolling.
Ex-Carrick midfielder Jimmy McIlhagga set the ball rolling with the first two of the afternoon.
It was an honour and a privilege to be the first jump jockey to have a testimonial, and, hopefully, to set the ball rolling for others on their retirement.
The lady who set the ball rolling, June Titheridge (nAe Pearson) is the girl in tartan, back row, left.
Tony Scully set the ball rolling with a low free-kick from just outside the area following a foul by Ritchie Hanlon on Jon Challinor.
Damien Hudd set the ball rolling after just four minutes, Holtham opening his account with the second before Damien Smith also crossed.
Mick Channon set the ball rolling by taking the opening heat with Millennium Force followed by a Jeremy Noseda double with Stagelight and Majors Cast and then Roger Ingram rounded off the day by winning the last with Boule D'Or.
They have set the ball rolling by donating more than pounds 50,000 to the charity - and they hope other musicians will soon follow.
Striker Andrew Johnson set the ball rolling for Palace and Kevin Phillips grabbed the first equaliser.