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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.
See also: ball, get, roll
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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.
See also: ball, get, roll
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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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