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keep the ball rolling

1. Literally, to make sure that a rolling ball stays in motion. You need to keep the ball rolling—that's how this game works!
2. To make sure that something, often a process, stays in motion. You'll definitely become more comfortable with driving if you keep the ball rolling with your driving lessons. I'll keep the ball rolling with the icing while you mix the batter.
See also: ball, keep, roll
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

keep the ball rolling

 
1. Lit. to keep a rolling ball moving. You have to throw hard enough to keep the ball rolling all the way to the bowling pins.
2. Fig. to cause something that is in progress to continue. Tom started the project, and we kept the ball rolling. Who will keep the ball rolling now that she is gone?
See also: ball, keep, roll
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

keep the ball rolling

If someone or something keeps the ball rolling, they make sure that a process continues. We realised we would need outside funding to keep the ball rolling. We made good progress at the end of last year and now I am hoping I can keep the ball rolling.
See also: ball, keep, roll
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

keep the ball rolling

maintain the momentum of an activity.
See also: ball, keep, roll
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

keep the ball rolling, to

To continue or sustain an activity without a letup. Some writers believe this is a metaphor from ball games, but a much earlier use referred to the sun or planets (including Earth) as a rolling ball. In any event, this term became popular in the United States during the election campaign of 1840, when the supporters of candidate William Henry Harrison (“Tippecanoe” hero) rolled large “victory balls” in political parades and chanted, “Keep the Harrison ball rolling.”
See also: ball, keep
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To keep the ball rolling I asked Marlow if this Powell was remarkable in any way.
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The important thing for us is to keep the ball rolling."
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