Expression idiomatique en anglais : On the ball !
On the ball
- knowledgeable and competent
- alert, in command of senses, attentive
- understands the situation well
- quick to understand and react to a situation
- He was right on the ball regarding his assessment of the situation.
- I couldn’t sleep well last night, so am not on the ball today.
- When his opponent tried to sneak in a pass, the defender was right on the ball and stopped it well.
- This mess wouldn’t have happened had you been on the ball.
- « Are you alright? You don’t seem on the ball today ».
- This article about the current problems of the nation is right on the ball.
- He has been sick all week and wasn’t on the ball when I met him.
- He has done a great job. He was really on the ball.
This phrase originated in sports, specifically in ball games where the players were asked to keep their « eyes on the ball ». The current usage of the phrase began in the 1900s.