字幕列表 影片播放 列印英文字幕 Hi this is Tutor Nick P and this is Idioms 237. The idiom. today is on the ball. Okay. Let's take a look at the note here. If we say that someone is on the ball , we mean that he or she is alert and ready to deal with or take action with something. Right. away. We often feel that a person who is on the ball is prepared and can notice quickly something that could be a problem and how to take care of it or what to do in order to avoid problems. Let's go on. The origin of this phrase is believed to originate from sporting events. It is believed to be a shorter version of ' keep your eye on the ball.\" Which is advice given in many sports. Yeah. Keep your eye on the ball. You know, watch out as the ball is coming and you know, something like that. This idiom was found recorded in many sports including golf, cricket, croquet , and baseball. Most believe baseball may be the origin. Let's continue. Here's some examples that cover this. I need someone who is on the ball to watch out for any issues in trying to close this deal. Okay. So try to finish off the deal, they want someone just in case they try to sneak something into the contract. Or you know, if they're trying .. or the other side is trying to do something sneaky. They want someone who's on the ball to catch that. All right. Number two. It is a good thing you reminded me to watch out for that. You are really on the ball. Yeah. A lot of times when somebody reminds you of something that, that if they didn't do, it could have been a problem. So thanks for being on the ball. Well you're on the ball. Good it's good thing that you thought of that. We often say it that way. Or let's look at number three. The reason you didn't notice this problem coming is because you were not on the ball. You weren't alert. You weren't paying attention. All right. I hope you got it. I hope it was clear. Thank you for your time. Bye-bye.