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Play ball

DEFINITION

Join a team effort. Agree to work with or participate with someone on their terms. The phrase comes from a baseball umpire starting a game by announcing ‘play ball’, thusly it has come to signal any situation when something might begin, a process, a competition or endeavor. It also implies that one is a good team member by going along with the group-think.

“In the meeting, no one liked my distrust of the new product and they asked me to simply play ball and let them start selling it anyway.”

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