start the ball rolling 主動打開話匣子或牽頭、帶頭做某事

說明:

ball 原指「球」。但在此指的是「交談」。將交談比做球,是非常生動的。不是嗎?球來球往,你一言我一語,其樂無窮。

後來這個說法也用來比喻「牽頭、帶頭做某事」。start the ball rolling 也可寫成 get the ball rolling。其相關的說法是 keep the ball rolling

例子:

Last night, who started the ball rolling? Jane or Tim?

I settled my first payment. That would get the ball rolling in building my dream house.


by Thomas Shum