start the ball rolling


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start the ball rolling

To set something, often a process, in motion; to begin. I think it will be easier to become comfortable driving now that I've started the ball rolling with driving lessons. I'll start the ball rolling with the icing while you mix the batter.
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start the ball rolling

set an activity in motion; make a start.
See also: ball, roll, start

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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While the legislation calls only for a three-year study and not the actual park expansion, it does start the ball rolling.
Alternatively he could arrange for a UVF gun or two to be binned, just to start the ball rolling.
Trust education officer Deborah Knott said teachers "should leave the course with all the knowledge and contacts that they need to start the ball rolling with their own school".
And thanks too to your Editor for your pounds 500 ECHO cheque to start the ball rolling.
MIDLAND cities have moved one step closer towards having directly-elected mayors - with the publication of Government guidance on how the public can start the ball rolling.
Hall got together the half a dozen top Tyneside businessmen who had pledged hard cash to start the ball rolling.
With increased pressures on the budget and public sector funding pressures still pending, it would seem prudent for the Executive to finally start the ball rolling by initiating a review of the Programme for Government.
To start the ball rolling, what about My Ding-a-Ling, Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick, Brass In Pocket and, of course, anything by The Pointer Sisters?
A dogged performance helped them start the ball rolling with a 2-2 draw with Leeds and Wednesday night's 3-2 Carling Cup win over Northampton stretched their unbeaten run to four games.
I am willing to put pounds 10,000 of my own money in to start the ball rolling.