Get the ball rolling

Get the ball rolling, pic: © Nextlimits | Dreamstime.com

If you get he ball rolling you are about to start or initiate something, or start an undertaking or keep it from failing.  It is, of course, another sport idiom and seems to date back quite a ways into the 17th century.  It originated in one of several team sports where the ball was rolled into the field to start the game or it was important to keep the ball rolling.

The expression is pretty widely used, especially in a business context. Here are some example of how this expression would be used:

Project team leader: “We’ll get the ball rolling on this project right away.”

“Join our movement and get the ball rolling!”

The following headline is also a good example: “Obama wants to get the ball rolling on immigration reform”

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