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start the ball rolling

To set something, often a process, in motion; to begin. I think it will be easier to become comfortable driving now that I've started the ball rolling with driving lessons. I'll start the ball rolling with the icing while you mix the batter.
See also: ball, roll, start

start the ball rolling

set an activity in motion; make a start.
See also: ball, roll, start

get/keep/set/start the ˈball rolling

begin/continue an activity, discussion, etc: I will start the ball rolling by introducing the first speaker.
See also: ball, get, keep, roll, set, start