(=spherical shape, object) boule f
→ She screwed the letter up into a ball.
[+string, wool] pelote f
→ Wind the wool into a ball.
→ a large ball of string
The cat was curled up in a ball. Le chat était roulé en boule.
a ball of fire une boule de feu
(SPORT, for tennis, golf, cricket, hockey, baseball) balle f , (for football, rugby, basketball, volleyball, handball)
→ The ball ended up in the back of the net.
to play ball (lit) jouer au ballon
to play ball with sb (lit) jouer au ballon avec qn
(=cooperate) coopérer avec qn
→ The prosecution lawyer came up with a deal, but the defendant refused to play ball.
to be on the ball
(=alert) être éveillé (e) , être vif (vive)
→ Thanks for pointing that out; you're on the ball this morning.
→ She really is on the ball; she doesn't miss much.
(=competent) être efficace
to get the ball rolling, to start the ball rolling, to set the ball rolling
(=get things going) commencer
→ I just want enough cash to start the ball rolling.
→ The banks set the ball rolling when they reduced their lending rates.
to get the ball rolling on sth entamer qch
He went to the Middle East to get the ball rolling on peace talks. Il est allé au Moyen-Orient pour entamer des pourparlers de paix.
the ball is in their court la balle est dans leur camp
→ The ball's in your court now - you have to decide what you're going to do.
to keep several balls in the air jongler avec beaucoup de choses
a good ball un bon ballon
a poor ball un mauvais ballon
a beautiful ball un beau ballon
(=dance) bal m
→ You are invited to the Christmas Ball.
the ball of the foot la plante du pied
to have a ball
[person] s'amuser comme un fou
→ It was a lot of fun. I had a ball.
[group of people] s'amuser comme des fous
→ Judging by the gales of laughter, they were having a ball.
vt ball up bouchonner → He picked up the sheets of paper, and balled them tightly in his fists. → She balled the handkerchief up and threw it at his feet.
ball bearing , ball-bearing
n roulement m à billes
n ramasseur m de balles
n robinet m à flotteur
ball game , ballgame
(tennis, cricket, baseball)
jeu m de balle , (football, rugby, basketball, volleyball, handball)
jeu m de ballon
(=baseball match) match m de base-ball
→ I'd still like to go to a ball game.
(=situation, activity) course f
→ Then, in the Cold War, the ball game changes. Suddenly, America is exporting art based on freedom and individuality and the artists end up supporting the system.
→ "Smart people realized that his campaign was imploding," one Democrat familiar with the meeting said. "Torricelli also knew that the ball game was over."
to be in the ball game dans la course
→ You've got to compete to be in the ball game.
to be out of the ball game être hors course
→ Two of his biggest competitors are out of the ball game.
a new ball game, a different ball game une (toute) autre histoire, une autre paire de manches
→ "Unfortunately, this war is a new ball game without rules," the Senator said.
→ We must be talking a whole different ball game from your average adult audience?
→ Wake up, buddy boy, it's the twenty-first century now. It's a whole new ball game out there.
n ramasseuse f de balles
n ballon m de plage
n boule f de billard
n (in lottery)
numéro m complémentaire
→ The winning numbers were 1, 14, 23, 33, 34 and the bonus ball 5.
n balle f de cricket
n boule f de cristal
→ It doesn't take a crystal ball to predict his resignation will probably follow
n bille f de joueur
n (mainly US)
to throw sb a curve ball prendre qn de court
n bal m masqué
n balle f de tennis