the ball is in someone's court

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From tennis, as when the ball is in someone's court it is their turn to play.

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the ball is in someone's court

  1. (idiomatic) It is someone's turn to do something; often making a decision.
    Well there's not much more I can do, so the ball is in your court now.

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