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get 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 gotten the ball rolling with driving lessons. I'll get the ball rolling with the icing while you mix the batter.
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get the ball rolling

 and set the ball rolling; start the ball rolling
Fig. to get a process started. (See also keep the ball rolling) If I could just get the ball rolling, then other people would help. Who else would start the ball rolling? I had the ball rolling, but no one helped me with the project.
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get the ball rolling

Also, keep the ball rolling. Start an undertaking; also, keep an undertaking from flagging. For example, Let's get the ball rolling by putting up some posters, or The hostess kept the ball rolling, talking to each of the guests in turn. This expression originated in one or another sport in which it was important to keep a ball moving. [Colloquial; late 1700s] Also see get the show on the road.
See also: ball, get, 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.
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Employees of Fox may or may not have gotten the ball rolling, but they've certainly done their best to keep it in motion.
Namibia has gotten the ball rolling on plans to discard visa requirements for Africa's passport holders after Cabinet approved the execution of this process - to be carried out in line with diplomatic procedures.
Party-list group One Patriotic Coalition of Marginalized Nationals (1-Pacman) has gotten the ball rolling on a priority measure to make the Philippine Amusements and Gaming Corp.
One thing that has gotten the ball rolling in favour of Fairfield Care is the fact that they can provide delivery on a rather short notice.
LONDON--Sir James Goldsmith has gotten the ball rolling in his attempt to take over B.
and this may have gotten the ball rolling in regards to Late Iron Age cultural changes.
An administration ally has gotten the ball rolling on the proposal to delay the barangay elections and empower the President to fill up the ensuing vacancies.
The start of series production has really gotten the ball rolling, and I m delighted to work together with all of you to continue the Sprinter success story.