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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR PLAY BALL

"Now, let's play ball and hold this lead, fellows," shouted Copley.

The stranger said to Spread Feather, "I would like to play ball with you."

Study just as you play ball when you are trying to make a place on the team.

She would have gone with them to play ball, but Rosemary held her back.

All right; we'll go out and play ball till time to get the ponies.

Then he asked me if I liked to play ball, and of course I did.

Meantime, he tells John that he can play ball after he has done up the chores.

“So you play ball, too,” she began as an opener, looking at his uniform.

Get back to your position and play ball, Cooper, said the captain, as calmly as he could.

He tells us also that she could play ball better than any man in France.

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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