American Idioms – Idiom Wizard Lists Over 5,500 Idioms & Slang Descriptions

Play ball


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.”

Leave a Comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Idiom Wizard logo

This website uses cookies. If you continue browsing you accept our use of cookies and agree to our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. We do NOT share your information with anyone else. A Subscriber will continue to receive our messages untilĀ  you opt out.