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    ball out

    Dear all,

    What is the meaning of "balled out" in the following context:

    Kendra is talking about here husband Hank sayin:

    "Hank did so good in his first game. He went and balled out on special teams. I'm just so proud of my husband and I'm Hank's number one fan"

    Thanks a lot.

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    #2

    Re: ball out

    This is a sporting reference and it depends upon which game is being played and in which country.

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    Re: ball out

    Quote Originally Posted by apex2000 View Post
    This is a sporting reference and it depends upon which game is being played and in which country.

    American football!

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    #4

    Re: ball out

    What does it refer to, then?

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    #5

    Re: ball out

    Does it mean "join" or something?

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    Re: ball out

    In American football, to ball out is to play well and successfully.

    Be aware that this is a very uncommon expression. I've never seen or heard it used by a journalist or by a commentator (that's a presenter to you Brits.) Its use seems to be confined to extremely rabid fans.

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    Re: ball out

    Quote Originally Posted by probus View Post
    In American football, to ball out is to play well and successfully.

    Be aware that this is a very uncommon expression. I've never seen or heard it used by a journalist or by a commentator (that's a presenter to you Brits.) Its use seems to be confined to extremely rabid fans.

    You mean "He played well with special teams"??

    Thanks a lot.

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    #8

    Re: ball out

    That was Kendra speaking about her husband Hank Baskett.

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    #9

    Re: ball out

    Yes. "He went and balled out on special teams." means he played well on special teams.

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    #10

    Re: ball out

    Huh. I'm a pretty big fan of (American) football, and I've never seen this phrase before.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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