Jan 26

“We worked so hard on this project, and you didn’t turn it in on time! You really dropped the ball.” 「あんなに頑張ったプロジェクトなのにあなたが時間通りに提出しなかった!ヘマをやってくれたな。」

誰かが大きなミスをした、するはずのことをしなかったときに「they really dropped the ball」と言います。このスポーツを使ったメタファーは1950年あたりから使われています。他の人ががっかりしたり、迷惑する、無責任なミスによく使います。

If someone makes a bad mistake, or doesn’t do something they were supposed to do, we can say they really dropped the ball. This sports metaphor has been used since about 1950. We often use it when other people have been disappointed or let down by an irresponsible mistake.

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