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on the ball

Inf. knowledgeable; competent; attentive. (See also have something on the ball.) This guy is really on the ball. If you were on the ball, this wouldn't have happened.
See also: ball, on

on the ball

If someone is on the ball, they are alert and deal with things quickly and intelligently. Some clubs struggle to raise money. A few are on the ball and make a professional job of it. I need to be on the ball with the Deputy Prime Minister visiting. Note: In football, the player who is on the ball has the ball at their feet and is in control of it.
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on the ball

mod. knowledgeable; competent; attentive. (see also have a lot on the ball.) If you were on the ball, this wouldn’t have happened.
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on the ball

Informal
1. Alert, competent, or efficient: a teacher who is really on the ball.
2. Relating to qualities, such as competence, skill, or knowledge, that are necessary for success: a manager who has a lot on the ball; a student who has nothing on the ball.
See also: ball, on