keep (one's) eye on the ball

keep (one's) eye on the ball

To keep oneself very focused on something. Despite its wording, the phrase does not have to refer to baseball or another ball game. I graduated in just three years because I was able to keep my eye on the ball and prioritize my studies above all else.
See also: ball, eye, keep, on
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

keep one's eye on the ball

 
1. Fig. to watch or follow the ball carefully, especially when one is playing a ball game; to follow the details of a ball game very carefully. John, if you can't keep your eye on the ball, I'll have to take you out of the game. "Keep your eye on the ball!" the coach roared at the players.
2. . Fig. to remain alert to the events occurring around oneself. If you want to get along in this office, you're going to have to keep your eye on the ball. Bill would do better in his classes if he would just keep his eye on the ball.
See also: ball, eye, keep, on
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

keep one's eye on the ball

Remain alert and attentive, as in The research director told her students to keep their eye on the ball when it came to accurate footnotes . This expression alludes to numerous sports in which players must watch a ball's path. [c. 1900]
See also: ball, eye, keep, on
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.

keep your eye on the ball

If you keep your eye on the ball, you continue to pay close attention to what you are doing. She won widespread praise for her tough negotiating skills and her ability to keep her eye on the ball. Compare with take your eye off the ball.
See also: ball, eye, keep, on
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

keep your eye on (or take your eye off) the ball

keep (or fail to keep) your attention focused on the matter in hand.
See also: ball, eye, keep, on
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

keep your eye on the ˈball

continue to give your attention to what is most important: We’ve got to keep our eye on the ball if we want to remain successful.
See also: ball, eye, keep, on
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017
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