keep the ball rolling


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Financial, Encyclopedia.

keep the ball rolling

1. Literally, to make sure that a rolling ball stays in motion. You need to keep the ball rolling—that's how this game works!
2. To make sure that something, often a process, stays in motion. You'll definitely become more comfortable with driving if you keep the ball rolling with your driving lessons. I'll keep the ball rolling with the icing while you mix the batter.
See also: ball, keep, roll

keep the ball rolling

 
1. Lit. to keep a rolling ball moving. You have to throw hard enough to keep the ball rolling all the way to the bowling pins.
2. Fig. to cause something that is in progress to continue. Tom started the project, and we kept the ball rolling. Who will keep the ball rolling now that she is gone?
See also: ball, keep, roll

keep the ball rolling

If someone or something keeps the ball rolling, they make sure that a process continues. We realised we would need outside funding to keep the ball rolling. We made good progress at the end of last year and now I am hoping I can keep the ball rolling.
See also: ball, keep, roll

keep the ball rolling

maintain the momentum of an activity.
See also: ball, keep, 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.
See also: ball, get, keep, roll, set, start

keep the ball rolling, to

To continue or sustain an activity without a letup. Some writers believe this is a metaphor from ball games, but a much earlier use referred to the sun or planets (including Earth) as a rolling ball. In any event, this term became popular in the United States during the election campaign of 1840, when the supporters of candidate William Henry Harrison (“Tippecanoe” hero) rolled large “victory balls” in political parades and chanted, “Keep the Harrison ball rolling.”
See also: ball, keep
References in periodicals archive ?
Although it seems slightly churlish to complain about a surfeit of comedy with half-adozen comedians - plus Neil Fitzmaurice bobbing on between each to keep the ball rolling - the evening was long.
"We've had such a wonderful response to previous events and we really want to keep the ball rolling," said co-organiser Christopher Rees.
Starbucks plans to keep the ball rolling by looking for ways to continue to distinguish itself from competitors.
"The NSL can play its part and here at TN we are confident we can keep the ball rolling."
But Gunter said: "It's nice to carry on our winning run and keep the ball rolling because for the middle part of the game we were quite poor.
Australia, fresh from an unbeaten home summer against West Indies and Pakistan, are keen to keep the ball rolling on the tour.
Michael Lipman has urged Bath to "keep the ball rolling" as they close in on a possible domestic and European double.
As a result, a mere 3lb rise in the weights does not look enough to stop What Katie Did when he bids to keep the ball rolling in the insurancejobs.co.uk Handicap at Kempton.
King, whose big hope for the week is Windross in Saturday's Hennessy, is looking to NO TALE TO TELL (2.20) to keep the ball rolling at Ludlow tomorrow.
The reigning champions are looking genuine contenders for the trophy again this year and will aim to keep the ball rolling during the course of a home double-header in the next 48 hours against Leicestershire Foxes tonight and Yorkshire Vikings on Sunday.
When the season ends we will get focused again and keep the ball rolling.
northampton v GlouCester Bt sport 1, 3.15pm sCarlets v munster s4C, 6.30pm leinster v GlasGow BBC alba, 8.30pm MUNSTER and Leinster look to have the Pro12 semi-final berths sewn up already and both are odds-on to keep the ball rolling tonight, writes Graham Woods.
"We've had such an incredible response to previous events and we really want to keep the ball rolling," said co-organiser Christopher Rees.
Despite Kath's death just over two years ago, Pete has pledged to keep the ball rolling. He said: "I cannot believe that we have reached our silver anniversary."
McMahon's horses are in fine fettle - a point illustrated by Winning Express' promising second in the Cheveley Park at Newmarket - and this youngster can keep the ball rolling.