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on the ball

[ bawl ]SEE DEFINITION OF on the ball
  • adj.alert
  • adv.paying attention

Synonyms for on the ball

  • active
  • all ears
  • attentive
  • bright
  • cagey
  • careful
  • clever
  • good hands
  • heads up
  • intelligent
  • lively
  • observant
  • on guard
  • on one's toes
  • on the job
  • on the lookout
  • on the stick
  • perceptive
  • quick
  • ready
  • sharp
  • spirited
  • vigilant
  • watchful
  • wise
  • with it
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WORD ORIGIN

"round object," Old English *beal, from or corresponding to Old Norse bollr "ball," from Proto-Germanic *balluz (cf. Old High German ballo, German Ball), from PIE root *bhel- (2) "to blow, inflate, swell" (see bole).

Meaning "testicle" is from early 14c. Ball of the foot is from mid-14c. A ball as an object in a sports game is recorded from c.1200; To have the ball "hold the advantage" is from c.1400. To be on the ball is 1912, from sports. Ball-point pen first recorded 1946. Ball of fire when first recorded in 1821 referred to "a glass of brandy;" as "spectacularly successful striver" it is c.1900.

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OK

adjectiveacceptable

adept

adjectivevery able
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