English > ESL Idioms Index



Online ESL Idioms
An online collection of common English idioms.






- ON THE BALL -

This is an interesting phrase that is essentially means to stay attentive and focused on a task. This can be used in various ways. One example would be: "He is really on the ball since he started eating salad every day." Another common way of using "On the ball" is to suggest that a person should "Stay on the ball."

This can also be used in a conversation referring to oneself. "I really have to stay on the ball to handle all of my tasks." The phrase is likely to have originated from sports. A person playing a game with a ball should generally stay focused "on the ball."








Many Thanks for Using ESL Idioms from 1-language.com.