play ball

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play ball (third-person singular simple present plays ball, present participle playing ball, simple past and past participle played ball)

  1. (idiomatic) To start anything tumultuous.
  2. (idiomatic) To work together; to cooperate.
    The politicians refused to play ball with the journalists.
  3. (baseball, softball) An expression used at the beginning of a game of baseball, or softball.