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play ball

To cooperate with someone; to do what someone wants or says. If you play ball, we'll be reduce your sentence from eight years to just two. Just play ball and do what they say, and nobody will get hurt!
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play ball

1. Cooperate, as in The opposing attorneys refused to play ball with us. [Slang; c. 1900]
2. Get going, start, as in It's time to get a move on; let's play ball. This usage comes from the baseball umpire's call to start a game. [Slang; late 1800s]
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play ball

COMMON If someone plays ball, they do what you want them to do. If they still won't play ball with us, we will have no choice but to take them to court. They thought they could use him for their propaganda, but he refused to play ball. Note: The usual American expression is play hardball.
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play ball

work willingly with others; cooperate. informal
The literal sense of play ball is ‘play a team ball game such as baseball or cricket’.
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play ˈball (with somebody)

(informal) be willing to work with other people in a helpful way, especially so that somebody can get what they want: We need their help, but will they play ball?So he won’t play ball, eh? He’ll soon realize he can’t manage without us.
See also: ball, play

play ball

verb
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play ball

Slang
To cooperate: The opposing attorneys refused to play ball with us.
See also: ball, play
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org also gives parents, coaches and kids information on how to participate in PLAY BALL activities, links to youth-related news and events, and searchable maps to help find local community leagues.
The initiative will focus on recruiting a minimum of one city in as many of the 50 states as possible to promote and support Play Ball Month through the activation of a baseball-focused event.
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The highlight of the event is the chance to meet and play ball on the field at Fenway with six Red Sox legends including Hall of Famer Fisk.
During recess, Brandon takes the time to play ball with the students, making them feel like he's not only there as a volunteer, but also as a friend.
a former NASA and DuPont materials scientist, and his team, intend to shake up the play ball and soccer equipment market in much the same way their Neverflat(R) technology, licensed to Spalding, revolutionized basketball equipment.
Because he couldn't play ball, he said pro scouts wouldn't be able to see him play and thus he'd miss out on a pro sports career.
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There are kids that come out and they play ball, and there are kids that you call 'players' and Jordan is a 'player,' '' he said.