pick up the ball and run with it

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pick up the ball and run with it

To further develop or expand upon an idea or plan to its fullest potential. The purpose of this seminar is to brainstorm a variety of different ideas, choose the best one, then pick up the ball and run with it.
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pick up the ball and run with it

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take the ball and run with it

If you pick up the ball and run with it or take the ball and run with it, you use an idea or plan that someone else has started and develop it, in order to see if it will be successful. In a couple of months all our efforts will be forgotten unless other people pick up the ball and run with it. Note: The game referred to here is American football.
See also: and, ball, pick, run, up