Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

have/had a ball

have a ballhad a ball
Meaning(s)
1) enjoy something greatly
  • How to MemorizePopularity HighProfessional HighSocial
    • they had a ball at the party/festival/wedding
  • Analysis

    The expression to have a ball means to enjoy yourself immensely, to have fun and to have a good time. A 'ball' is an archaic word for 'party'. This expression is used more in informal contacts or in social situations.

  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. I really didn't think I would enjoy the concert but I'm so glad that I went. The atmosphere was fantastic and I had a ball.
    2. Chris moved to Australia last year. Last time I spoke to him he said that he's having a ball over there and has no intention of coming home any time soon.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. I had a ball at the conference I made a lot of great contacts and had a lot of fun at the events.
    2. Having a stall at the convention was a great idea. We sold a lot of stock, introduced yourself to some new customers and had a ball at the after-parties.
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