One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘a cricket ball’
sphere, globe, orb, globule, spherule, spheroid, ovoid
drop, droplet, bead
2‘a musket ball’
bullet, projectile, shot, pellet, slug, lead
1‘a fancy-dress ball’
dance, dinner dance, masked ball, masquerade, tea dance
North American hoedown, prom
informal hop, disco, bop
‘if you are really on the ball, you'll guess the killer’
alert, quick-witted, sharp, bright, quick, keen, perceptive, wide awake, responsive, agile, acute, astute
on one's toes, quick off the mark, quick on the uptake, all there, with it, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed
have a good time, have a great time, have fun, have the time of one's life
let one's hair down, whoop it up, have a fling, make whoopee, push the boat out, paint the town red, live it up
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