ball


ball
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noun
1 round object in games
ADJECTIVE
bowling, cricket, golf, ping-pong/Ping-Pong™, rugby, soccer (esp. AmE), tennis, etc.
beach
match, practice
rubber
VERB + BALL
play with
head, hit, kick

The kids love to kick a ball against my wall.

throw, toss
bowl, pitch
bat, blast, drive, pound, strike
roll
bounce, dribble
chip, volley
clear, cross, pass
move, run
catch, stop

He caught the ball.

control, trap
get, grab, steal
chase
retrieve, run down
return

The fielders try to retrieve the ball quickly and return it to the bowler.

miss

The catcher missed the ball.

drop, let go of

Oh no! He's dropped the ball.

handle, touch
give away (BrE), lose
win (esp. BrE)
keep, retain (BrE)
BALL + VERB
go, travel
float, fly, roll, sail, soar

The ball flew over the fence.

spin
hit, land, strike

The ball hit me on the head.

bounce, rebound, ricochet
BALL + NOUN
game
control, handling, skills

His ball control was excellent.

carrier, handler (both AmE)

He's an excellent ball handler.

2 (AmE) baseball
ADJECTIVE
college
pro, professional
VERB + BALL
play
BALL + NOUN
player
team
cap
3 kick/hit of a ball
ADJECTIVE
loose
high, low

He sent over a high ball.

long, short
quick, slow
good, great, superb (all esp. BrE)
bad (esp. BrE)
curve (= that changes direction unpredictably) (esp. AmE)

The plot throws a few curve balls along the way to keep you guessing. (figurative)

foul
hand (usually handball) (in football/soccer)

He was penalized for handball.

VERB + BALL
play, send
pick up, pounce on, punish

He pounced on a loose ball and scored.

PREPOSITION
ball from

a great ball from Rooney

4 round object like a ball
ADJECTIVE
tight
fiery

The sun was a fiery ball, low on the hills.

crystal

Without a crystal ball it's impossible to say where we'll be next year.

cannon
wrecking
cotton (AmE)
disco
medicine (= heavy ball used as a weight)
VERB + BALL
curl (up) into, roll (up) into

The little girl curled up into a ball in her mother's arms.

form sth into, make sth into, roll sth (up) into, screw sth (up) into, shape sth into

He screwed the letter up into a tight ball.

PHRASES
a ball and chain (figurative)

The responsibility was a ball and chain around my ankle.

5 party
ADJECTIVE
charity (esp. BrE), college (BrE), hunt (BrE)
costume, fancy-dress (esp. BrE), masked

We're going to a masked ball.

VERB + BALL
have, hold, organize

We're organizing a charity ball.

attend, go to
BALL + NOUN
dress, gown
PREPOSITION
at a/the ball

She met him at the ball.

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verb
Ball is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑fist
Ball is used with these nouns as the object: ↑fist

Collocations dictionary. 2013.

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  • ball — Ⅰ. ball [1] ► NOUN 1) a solid or hollow sphere, especially one that is kicked, thrown, or hit in a game. 2) a single throw or kick of the ball in a game. 3) N. Amer. a game played with a ball, especially baseball. ► VERB ▪ squeeze or form into a… …   English terms dictionary

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  • BALL (J.) — BALL JOHN (mort en 1381) La plupart des chroniques, dont celle de Froissart, présentent John Ball comme l’un des grands responsables du soulèvement des paysans et des artisans en Angleterre en 1381. Peut être, disciple de John Wyclif, aurait il… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

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