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set the ball rolling
To set something, often a process, in motion; to act to cause something to begin. I think it will be easier to become comfortable driving now that I've set the ball rolling with driving lessons. I'll set the ball rolling with the icing while you mix the cake batter.
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set the ball rollingor
start the ball rolling
COMMON If you set the ball rolling or start the ball rolling, you start an activity or you do something which other people will join in with later. Evans set the ball rolling with a £1 million donation to the charity. I've already started the ball rolling. I've set up meetings with all sorts of people. Note: Verbs such as get and keep are also used. Once you get the ball rolling, everyone wants to be involved.
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012
get/keep/set/start the ˈball rollingbegin/continue an activity, discussion, etc: I will start the ball rolling by introducing the first speaker.
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