Idiom: the ball's in someone’s court
Idiom: the ball is in someone’s court
- the moment when someone has the responsibility of taking the next action or making the next decision
Note: This idiom originates from the game of tennis. One player cannot take action until the other player hits the ball to their side of the court.
- I filled out the application and provided all the information they asked for so now the ball's in their court and all I can do is wait.
- I sent the agreement over for them to sign so the ball is now in their court.
- I called the girl I met in a bar last night and left a message. The ball's in her court now.
- We have approved the invoice so the ball is now in the finance department's court so you might want to contact them directly.
- I have to admit the ball was in my court and I didn't respond in time so I'll have to reapply for the program next year.
- I'm sorry but the ball is not in my court. I can't confirm any speakers until we have firm dates for the conference.
- The sale ends this Sunday. Don't miss it, the ball is in your court!
- it's someone's move
- it's down to someone
- someone needs to make the next move
- fall/rest on someone's shoulders
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