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ball1 British & World English

A solid or hollow spherical or egg-shaped object that is kicked, thrown, or hit in a game

ball2 British & World English

A formal social gathering for dancing

balls-out British & World English

Without moderation or restraint

balls-up British & World English

A bungled or badly carried out task or action; a mess

cramp balls British & World English

A European fungus which produces a shiny spherical black fruiting body on dead or dying wood, especially ash

balls-aching British & World English

Causing annoyance, revulsion, or boredom

have someone/thing by the balls British & World English

Have complete control over someone or something

no-ball British & World English

An unlawfully delivered ball, counting one as an extra to the batting side if not otherwise scored from

tee-ball British & World English

A game for young children, played by the rules of baseball, in which the ball is not pitched but hit from a stationary tee

air ball British & World English

A shot which misses the basket and backboard entirely

cue ball British & World English

The ball, usually a white one, that is to be struck with the cue in snooker, billiards, etc.

fly ball British & World English

A ball batted high into the air

furball British & World English

A furry pet animal

lowball British & World English

A ball pitched so as to pass over the plate below the level of the batter’s knees

tar ball British & World English

A lump of solidified crude oil found in or on the sea, or washed up on shore

tea ball British & World English

A hollow ball of perforated metal to hold tea leaves, over which boiling water is poured in order to make a drink of tea

amazeballs British & World English

Extremely good or impressive; amazing

beach ball British & World English

A large inflatable ball used for playing games on the beach

best ball British & World English

The better score at a hole of two or more players competing as a team

blackball British & World English

Reject (a candidate applying to become a member of a private club), typically by means of a secret ballot

buckyball British & World English

A hollow spherical molecule composed of a large number of carbon atoms

cannonball British & World English

A round metal or stone projectile fired from a cannon

cheeseball British & World English

A person who lacks taste, style, or originality

curveball British & World English

A delivery in which the pitcher causes the ball to deviate from a straight path by imparting spin

dead ball British & World English

(In ball games) a ball that has gone out of play or is declared to be out of play

earth ball British & World English

A fungus that forms a leathery yellowish-brown warty sphere which ruptures when mature to release the spores, growing typically on acid sandy soil in both Eurasia and North America

eight ball British & World English

The black ball, numbered eight, in eight ball

foul ball British & World English

A ball struck so that it falls outside the lines drawn from home plate down to the first and third bases

four-ball British & World English

A game in which two pairs of players compete, with the better score of each pair counting as the pair’s score at each hole

free ball British & World English

The option to nominate any ball as the object ball when snookered as a result of a foul stroke

gazing ball British & World English

A sphere made from a reflective material such as mirrored glass, typically mounted on a stand and used as a lawn or garden ornament

golf ball British & World English

A small hard ball used in the game of golf, typically made of dimpled white latex

gopher ball British & World English

A pitch that is hit for a home run

ground ball British & World English

A ball hit along the ground

gutter ball British & World English

(In tenpin bowling) a nonscoring ball that enters the gutter before reaching the pins

half-ball British & World English

A stroke in which the centre of the cue ball is aimed at the edge of the object ball

handball British & World English

Touching of the ball with the hand or arm, constituting a foul

highball British & World English

A drink consisting of a spirit, especially whisky, and a mixer such as soda, served with ice in a tall glass

jump ball British & World English

A ball put in play by the referee, who throws it up between two opposing players

long ball British & World English

(In sport) a ball that is hit, kicked, or thrown a long way

masked ball British & World English

A ball at which participants wear masks to conceal their faces

matzo ball British & World English

A small dumpling made of seasoned matzo meal bound together with egg and chicken fat, typically served in chicken soup

mirrorball British & World English

A revolving ball covered with small mirrored facets, used to provide lighting effects at discos or dances

object ball British & World English

The ball at which a player aims the cue ball

paintball British & World English

A capsule of paint used in paintball

palm ball British & World English

A baseball pitch in which the ball is released from the palm and thumb rather than the fingers

passed ball British & World English

A pitch that the catcher fails to stop or control, enabling a base runner to advance

puffball British & World English

A fungus that produces a spherical or pear-shaped fruiting body which ruptures when ripe to release a cloud of spores


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