related discussion: to drop the ball in a really big way.related discussion: no balls are droppedrelated discussion: to drop the ballrelated discussion: to drop the ball, to bet the farm, to eat crow,
• drop the ball (American, informal)
to make a mistake, especially by doing something in a stupid or careless way For [G]od's sake[,] don't drop the ball - we're relying on you.
(Cambridge Int'l Dict. of Idioms) http://dictionary.cambridge.org/define.asp?ke...
• drop the ball, sin, blunder, boob, goof (commit a faux pas or a fault or make a serious mistake)http://wordnetweb.princeton.edu/perl/webwn?s=...
• To fail in one's responsibilities or duties, or to make a mistake, especially at a critical point or when the result is very negativehttp://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/drop_the_ball
• drop the ball
Wörtlich: den Ball fallen lassen
Dieser Ausdruck entstammt den Ballsportarten Baseball, Rugby, American Football etc. Es bedeutet, dass jemand seine Teammitglieder in dem Moment enttäuscht, in dem sie ihn am dringendsten brauchen.
We needed her to make a good presentation but she dropped the ball.
Wir brauchten eine gute Präsentation von ihr, aber sie hat es vermasselt.http://www.cornelsen.de/fch/1.c.1615098.de
• On the ball
Dieser Ausspruch kommt aus dem Sport. Wenn Sie on the ball
sind, dann müssen Sie in Alarmbereitschaft sein und Verantwortung zeigen. "Make sure you are on the ball with those reports." Das Gegenteil ist drop the ball
, was bedeutet, dass Sie einer Verpflichtung nicht nachkommen und Ihre Leute hängen lassen. http://www.careerbuilder.de/Artikel/CB-207-Ar...
• Englisch: to drop the ball
Deutsch: einen groben Fehler machen, vermasseln
• Some intelligence experts believe the NCTC dropped the ball (WashPost) on uncovering the late-December attack plan.
• The charge that a distracted Obama had dropped the ball on terrorism gained traction.
• Salon.com's Glen Greenwald argues that the reason US intelligence agencies dropped the ball on Abdulmutallab is precisely because they were juggling too ...
• The US Department of Homeland Security was not the only US government agency that dropped the ball in failing to prevent the Nigerian man accused of the ...
• To our dismay, we discovered that our alphabet soup of security agencies from the CIA to the NSA and the FBI had dropped the ball.
• The failed plot has led to a predictable round of interagency finger-pointing over who dropped the ball.
• The incident has put Obama on the defensive, drawing charges from Republicans that his administration has dropped the ball on counterterrorism
• ... use of minority contractors is simply that the city dropped the ball through a combination of bureaucratic inertia, poor execution and unclear goals. ...
• could have prevented the devastating electrical fire ... but seriously dropped the ball on building maintenance.
• alleged molestations could have happened. John ... said, "I'm really upset. I want to know who dropped the ball and will anyone be held accountable."
• Microsoft outsourcing woes ... In retrospect, it's clear in this case that someone at Microsoft dropped the ball in terms of oversight
• Creek washes out road, strands two families ... I think someone dropped the ball,” Allen said as he waited for repair efforts to start Saturday afternoon. “Somebody needs to be held accountable."