start the ball rolling


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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.
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start the ball rolling

set an activity in motion; make a start.
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get/keep/set/start the ˈball rolling

begin/continue an activity, discussion, etc: I will start the ball rolling by introducing the first speaker.
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He has asked me if I could start the ball rolling, by approaching the Echo, to see if there is anyone out there who remembers him.
Matches at Hull on Sunday, May 22, and at Salford on Sunday, June 12 will start the ball rolling, with a new strip sponsored by Farouk Hashmi, managing director of GX Soccer, kit-makers of Horsforth, Leeds, who is pictured, right, with Alan Meredith.
"The harbour and Superior Aggregrates will be the catalyst to start the ball rolling," says Loubier.
Alternatively he could arrange for a UVF gun or two to be binned, just to start the ball rolling.
Trust education officer Deborah Knott said teachers "should leave the course with all the knowledge and contacts that they need to start the ball rolling with their own school".
And thanks too to your Editor for your pounds 500 ECHO cheque to start the ball rolling.
MIDLAND cities have moved one step closer towards having directly-elected mayors - with the publication of Government guidance on how the public can start the ball rolling.
This would start the ball rolling (for the peace talks),' Olalia said.
Hall got together the half a dozen top Tyneside businessmen who had pledged hard cash to start the ball rolling. Hall stated "We want a people's club not a takeover" then wrenched an automatic pistol and knife from him.
"With increased pressures on the budget and public sector funding pressures still pending, it would seem prudent for the Executive to finally start the ball rolling by initiating a review of the Programme for Government."