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drop the ball

1. To make a mistake. I think she really dropped the ball when she decided to quit that promising internship.
2. To forget about or neglect someone or something. I know I dropped the ball today—I just got swamped at work and completely forgot about picking the kids up from school.
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drop the ball

 
1. . Lit. [in a ball game of some type] to let the ball get away or fall out of one's grasp. Good grief! Bill dropped the ball, just as he was about to score!
2. Fig. to make a blunder; to fail in some way. Everything was going fine in the election until my campaign manager dropped the ball. You can't trust John to do the job right. He's always dropping the ball.
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drop the ball

Make an error; miss an opportunity. For example, She really dropped the ball when she forgot to call back, or He dropped the ball, turning down their offer. This expression comes from sports where a player who fails to catch a ball is charged with an error. Its use for more general kinds of mistakes dates from about 1950.
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drop the ball

mainly AMERICAN
If someone drops the ball, they make a mistake or do something silly. Some say the Academy dropped the ball last year by failing to recognise Linklater's film in the Best Animated Feature category. There are people who'd like to see me fall, I know that. But I'm not afraid. I won't drop the ball.
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drop the ball

make a mistake; mishandle things. North American informal
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drop the ˈball

(American English, informal) make a mistake and spoil something that you are responsible for: I could use some help. I don’t want to drop the ball on this one.He thinks that you dropped the ball on the Swiss project.
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drop the ball

tv. to fail at something; to allow something to fail. I didn’t want to be the one who dropped the ball, but I knew that someone would flub up.
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drop the ball

To make a mistake or fail to do something important.
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Davies set Bolton on their way to victory with his fourth goal of the season after Hammers keeper Robert Green dropped the ball.
The England man dropped the ball at the feet of Kevin Davies who tapped the first into an empty net after 30 minutes.
Ray Durham lead off by reaching first base when Adam Kennedy fielded a ground ball to his right but dropped the ball as he prepared to throw it to first base.
This is a company that believes in the promise of private investment in space and believes that organizations like NASA may have dropped the ball to some degree in fact in promoting the right kinds of innovation and that it should be left up to the private market and that there are solutions out there that are low cost that can change the way we access space, particularly using things like micro satellites and achieving orbit at a much lower cost.
Ray Durham led off by reaching first base when Adam Kennedy fielded a ground ball to his right but dropped the ball as he prepared to throw it to first.
His effort was disallowed because ref Steve Dunn ruled that goalkeeper Neil Sullivan had been fouled when he dropped the ball.
So far, OEMs (original equipment manufacturers) have dropped the ball, but the aftermarket is ready to take the ball and run with it.
Munson got caught in a lengthy rundown, in which Lowe got involved, and Bill Mueller dropped the ball, allowing Munson to reach third.