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English translation: missed a good chance

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English term or phrase:drop an easy ball
English translation:missed a good chance
Entered by: Jack Doughty
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16:27 Aug 13, 2006
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Art/Literary - Other
English term or phrase: drop an easy ball
"I only started reading it last night. And I only found out about the book by pure chance. I was away on the edge of this whole thing, but now i have started reading it..."
Watson's face suggested John had dropped an easy ball.
Buttercup
missed a good chance
Explanation:
It's a metaphor from cricket, in which one way to get the batsman out is for a fielder to catch it before it hits the ground after the batsman has hit it.
Something in what John said produced an adverse impression, when he could easily have avoided doing this.
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Jack Doughty
United Kingdom
Local time: 11:01
Grading comment
thank you very much indeed
4 KudoZ points were awarded for this answer

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4 +14missed a good chance
Jack Doughty


  

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3 mins   confidence: Answerer confidence 4/5Answerer confidence 4/5 peer agreement (net): +14
missed a good chance


Explanation:
It's a metaphor from cricket, in which one way to get the batsman out is for a fielder to catch it before it hits the ground after the batsman has hit it.
Something in what John said produced an adverse impression, when he could easily have avoided doing this.

Jack Doughty
United Kingdom
Local time: 11:01
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in category: 268
Grading comment
thank you very much indeed

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  Kim Metzger: drop the ball: fail to perform as expected; fail to live up to a responsibility
1 min
  -> Thank you.

agree  Sara Noss
2 mins
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agree  Caryl Swift
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agree  Kirill Semenov
4 mins
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agree  Anna Maria Augustine at proZ.com: Didn't know this one !
6 mins
  -> Thank you. You do now!

agree  Zhuoqi Mills
10 mins
  -> Thank you.

agree  Can Altinbay
18 mins
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agree  xxxIanW: Ah cricket, a wonderful source of baffling expressions for the uninitiated
1 hr
  -> Thank you. Yes, you're on a sticky wicket if you don't know the game.

agree  jccantrell: Gee, I would have said 'baseball', but that is another difference between the Brits and us. :) -XX- Hey, Jack, no mixing of metaphors!!!
2 hrs
  -> Thanks. Funny, I never thought of baseball, but it works for that too. Anyway, so far it looks as if I've hit a home run with this one.

agree  Dave Calderhead: Are you in the outfield?
2 hrs
  -> Thanks. No, I'm in the slips.

agree  Cristina Chaplin
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agree  Uma Hariharan
12 hrs
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agree  Alison Jenner
15 hrs
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agree  Alexander Demyanov
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