start the ball rolling

start the ball rolling
get the ball rolling & set the ball rolling & start the ball rolling
Fig. to get a process started. (See also keep the ball rolling.) •

If I could just get the ball rolling, then other people would help.

Who else would start the ball rolling?

I had the ball rolling, but no one helped me with the project.

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See: GET THE BALL ROLLING.

Dictionary of American idioms. 2013.

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  • start the ball rolling — See: GET THE BALL ROLLING …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • start\ the\ ball\ rolling — • get the ball rolling • set the ball rolling • start the ball rolling informal To start an activity or action; make a beginning; begin. George started the ball rolling at the party by telling a new joke. Compare: keep the ball rolling …   Словарь американских идиом

  • start the ball rolling — set/start the ball rolling to do something which starts an activity, or to start doing something in order to encourage other people to do the same. I ve started the ball rolling by setting up a series of meetings. The hospital appeal received a… …   New idioms dictionary

  • start the ball rolling —    If you start the ball rolling, you begin an activity in which other people will join.     Let s start the ball rolling by calling on our first speaker …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • start the ball rolling — ► start (or get or set) the ball rolling make a start. Main Entry: ↑ball …   English terms dictionary

  • start the ball rolling — begin to do something He finally started the ball rolling on their plans to build a new house …   Idioms and examples

  • get/set/start the ball rolling — informal : to begin an activity or process She tried to get the ball rolling by asking him a few questions. • • • Main Entry: ↑ball get/set/start the ball rolling see ↑ball, 1 • • • Main Entry: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • start the ball rolling —  Begin proceedings …   A concise dictionary of English slang

  • start (or get or set) the ball rolling — make a start. → ball …   English new terms dictionary

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