balls

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  • IPA(key): /bɔːlz/
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  • Rhymes: -ɔːlz

Noun[edit]

balls

  1. plural of ball
    Can you believe he can juggle six balls at once?
    • W. S. Gilbert, HMS Pinafore
      When the balls whistle free o'er the bright blue sea / We stand to our guns all day.
  2. (vulgar, colloquial) The testicles.
    After that shot his balls were really hurting!
  3. (uncountable, vulgar, colloquial) Bravery, courage, chutzpah, or brazenness.
    Synonyms: see Thesaurus:courage
    He must have a lot of balls to talk to his boss that way.
    He's the guy with the big balls in that group.
    Balls is all that it takes to succeed.
    • 1960, Carlos Fuentes, Sam Hileman, Where the Air is Clear[1], page 80:
      Balls is all it takes to handle these people
    • 2006, Leonardo Padura, Havana Blue[2], page 137:
      Balls, gentlemen, balls is what you need to win at this game"
  4. (uncountable, Britain, vulgar, colloquial) Rubbish, nonsense.
    That's a load of balls.
  5. (Britain, Ireland, vulgar) A balls-up; a botched job.
    Don't make a balls of it!

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balls (third-person singular simple present ballses, present participle ballsing, simple past and past participle ballsed)

  1. (vulgar, transitive) Speaking or acting with bravado to achieve (something)
    • 1981, Tiny Boyles, Hank Nuwer, & William Boyles, A Killing Trade, →ISBN, page 191:
      You're going up to the front door of that mansion and ballsing your way inside.
    • 2009, Keith Brooke, The Accord, page 135:
      The poor fuck is broken-hearted, and he thinks he is ballsing it out really well, but he isn't.
    • 2014, Claire Farrell, Make You: Stake You #2:
      He was ballsing his way through the conversation. For the first time, I caught a glimpse of something vulnerable behind the usual brashness.
  2. (vulgar, slang) To engage in sexual intercourse.

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balls

  1. Third-person singular simple present indicative form of ball

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balls (not comparable)

  1. (slang) Very. Intensifier.
    It is balls cold out there.

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balls

  1. plural of ball