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British English: /bɔːl/
American English: /bɔl/

Translation of ball in French:


  • 2 (rolled-up object)
    (of dough, clay) boule (f) (of de)
    (of wool, string) pelote (f) (of de)
    (smaller) peloton (m) (of de)
    a ball of fire [literal] [figurative]
    une boule de feu
    to curl up into a ball
    (person, cat)
    se rouler en boule
    to knead dough into a ball
    travailler de la pâte en boule
    to wind something into a ball
    pelotonner quelque chose
  • 3 (Anatomy)the balls of one's feet
    les demi-pointes (fpl) (des pieds)
    the ball of one's thumb
    la base (f) charnue du pouce

also: balls plural noun

  • 1 [literal] (testicles)
    couilles [vulgar] fpl
  • 2 [figurative]that's a lot ou load of balls
    tout ça c'est des conneries [slang]
    to have somebody by the balls
    tenir quelqu'un [informal]
    she's got balls
    elle en a [informal]
    to have the balls to do to break one's balls to do
    se casser le cul pour faire [slang]

also: balls exclamation

  • [slang]
    et merde! [slang]

transitive verb

  • 2 (American English) [slang] (have sex with)
    baiser [vulgar]

intransitive verb

  • 1
    se serrer
  • 2 (American English) [slang] (have sex)
    baiser [vulgar]


the ball is in your/his court

la balle est dans ton/son camp

to be on the ball

(gen) être efficace
(old person) avoir toute sa tête

to play ball

coopérer (with avec)

to set the ball rolling

(for conversation) lancer la conversation
(for activity) démarrer

to keep the ball rolling

(in conversation) entretenir la conversation
(in activity) tenir le rythme

to have a ball

s'amuser comme un fou/une folle

he has the ball at his feet

c'est à lui de jouer

that's the way the ball bounces!

(American English)

to carry the ball

[informal] (American English)
prendre la responsabilité

Phrasal verbs

balls up

[slang] (British English) ball up [slang] (American English)
ball up [something], ball [something] up
semer la merde dans [vulgar]
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