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noun
1. baile (m) (party)
  • to have a ball (familiar) pasárselo en grande
  • ball dress or gown traje (m) de fiesta
ball [bɔːl]
noun
1 (Tennis) (Cricket) (Golf) etc pelota (f); (Ftbl) balón (m); (sphere) bola (f)
to play ball (with sb) jugar a la pelota (con algn); cooperar (con algn); to roll (o.s.) up into a ball hacerse un ovillo; the ball is with you or in your court te corresponde a ti dar el siguiente paso; that's the way the ball bounces (US) así es la vida; así son las cosas; the whole ball of wax (US) toda la historia (informal)
Perry wanted it all, the whole ball of wax. He wanted the Society for himself Let's just say that without you and him there's nothing at all. You two are the whole ball of wax. And your uncle sure as hell knows that
to be behind the eight ball (US) estar en apuros
to be on the ball estar al tanto; ser muy despabilado
you have to be on the ball for this para esto hay que estar al tanto
to have a lot on the ball (US) tener mucho talento
to keep one's eye on the ball no perder de vista lo principal
to start/keep the ball rolling poner/mantener la cosa en marcha
to be a ball of fire
he's a real ball of fire es muy dinámico; he's not exactly a ball of fire no es que sea muy dinámico que digamos
to keep several balls in the air hacer varias cosas al mismo tiempo
The detective has to discover the motive, the means and the opportunity and has to keep these three balls in the air ...overworked mothers trying to juggle ten balls in the air
to pick up or take the ball and run with it tomar el testigo e intentarlo
In a couple of months all our efforts will be forgotten unless other people pick up the ball and run with it While the American manufacturers have been slow to react, such is the importance of the Californian market to the Japanese that they have picked up the ball and run with it As an actor you have no choice but to pick up the ball and run with it
2 (Mil) bala (f)
ball and chain grillete (m) con bola; atadura (f)
Some teenagers see virginity as a `ball and chain of innocence" they want to cast off as quickly as possible Our national debt is an economic ball and chain dragging us down, keeping longer term interset rates high He spent a whole lifetime on a god-forsaken dump of a farm out in the desert, afraid to move for fear that someone would discover his hidey-hole. Talk about a ball and chain! Scared to mention it, scared to make a move to sell it... ...men who describe their wife as a ball and chain
3 [of wool] ovillo (m)
4 (Anat) [of foot] pulpejo (m); [of thumb] base (f)
He picked up his gun and rubbed circles with the ball of his thumb across the oiled stock
5 (testicle) cojón (vulgar) (m); huevo (vulgar) (m)
to break or bust sb's balls joder la existencia a algn (vulgar)
6 balls (Britain) (nonsense) pavadas (informal) (f); huevadas (f) (vulgar); (And) (Chile) (courage) cojones (vulgar) (m); pelotas (vulgar) (f)
To work on this show you've got to have balls I never had the balls to do anything like this You learned that the guy who writes the ads for the bank isn't the guy who loans the money. They break your balls Men prefer a little eye-flutterer even if she is breaking their balls behind the scenes
transitive verb
1 (also ball up) [+handkerchief etc] hacer una bola con
He picked up the sheets of paper and balled them tightly in his fist I picked up the balled socks She balled the handkerchief up and threw it at his feet
2 especially (US) (have sex with) echarse un polvo con (vulgar); tirarse (vulgar)
Not only are you balling every woman in Kentucky, but you bring them home with you Were you balling this woman?
intransitive verb
1 (also ball up) [+fist etc] hacerse una bola
His hands balled into fists Brian's face balled up like a fist
2 especially (US) (have sex) echarse un polvo (vulgar); follar (vulgar); (Esp) chingar (vulgar); (Méx)
He boasted that he'd been balling all night and slept through his alarm call There's nothing like balling when you're in outer space
modifier
ball and socket joint (n) junta (f) articulada
ball bearing (n) cojinete (m) de bolas; balero (m); (Méx) rulemán (m); (S. Cone)
ball boy (n) (Tennis) recogedor (m) de pelotas
ball control (n) (Ftbl) dominio (m) del balón
The Brazilians are renowned for their ball control
ball game (n) (US) partido (m) de béisbol
this is a different ball game esto es otro cantar (informal); esto es algo muy distinto; it's a whole new ball game las cosas han cambiado totalmente
note See culture box in entry baseball.
ball girl (n) (Tennis) recogedora (f) de pelotas
ball joint (n) junta (f) articulada
ball lightning (n) (Metal) relámpago (m) en bola or en globo
Many UFO sightings are thought to be explained by ball lightning ...strange energy discharges such as halos and ball lightning
ball [bɔːl]
noun
1 (dance) baile (m) de etiqueta
2 (good time)
we had a ball lo pasamos en grande (informal)
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