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play ball

1. In baseball, a phrase traditionally said or shouted by the umpire to start the game. It always takes me back to summertime as a kid when I hear an umpire shout "play ball!"
2. To cooperate with someone; to do what someone wants or says. If you play ball, we'll be able to reduce your sentence from eight years to just two. Just play ball and do what they say, and nobody will get hurt!
See also: ball, play

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]
See also: ball, play

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.
See also: ball, play

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’.
See also: ball, play

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
See also: ball, play

play ball

Slang
To cooperate: The opposing attorneys refused to play ball with us.
See also: ball, play
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'I'm very proud to say this has been one of the most successful Play Ball! World Series that we've had in a number of years.", said Donald Morris-Vincent, Baseball/Softball UK's director of youth development.
Take the field and play ball! Softball Fundamentals will have you pitching, fielding, hitting, and baserunning like an experienced player in no time at all.
"Play Ball! How Sports Will Change in the Twenty-First Century" by Robin Gunston (January-February 2005) is a good beginning of a discussion about future sports.
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Play Ball! These words are music to the ears of baseball fans everywhere.
Play ball!" All across America, you can hear umpires shouting that phrase.
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