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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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Once the basic pattern is established, repeat it several times, increasing the speed without dropping the ball.
The fact that 37% of respondents do not know or are unsure about the difference between an electronic business record that must be retained versus an insignificant message that may be deleted, suggests that employers are dropping the ball when it comes to effectively managing e-mail and IM use," said Flynn.
Monster Dunk" will take advantage of Nintendo Ultra 64's unique capabilities, such as providing players with dozens of stunning special-effects moves (for example, one character becoming a cloud of smoke, morphing into a bat, flying above the basket and dropping the ball through), creating dozens of random court hazards (hands periodically reaching up from the floor and grabbing players' legs), and including humorous game- and season-ending winning team sequences (the winning team throwing the losing team out of the stadium).
Think: His personal life in shambles, Nick (Simon Baker) helps himself to a designer drug and hallucinates while dropping the ball on two important court cases.
He gets an ``E'' in our book for dropping the ball on that one.
He swears that the district has ``absolutely no responsibility'' for dropping the ball.