a dynamic person capable of or displaying rapid and highly effective thought, action, etc.:
The new manager turned out to be a ball of fire.
(informal) a very lively person
A dazzling performer; spectacularly successful striver; overachiever; go-getter, hot shot
[1900+; perhaps fr earlier ball of fire, ”a very fast train”]
A dynamic, energetic, and successful individual, as in I hope Pat joins us; she’s a real ball of fire. [ ; early 1800s ]
- Ball of foot
ball of foot ball of foot n. The padded portion of the sole of the human foot between the toes and the arch, on which the weight of the body rests when the heel is raised.
- Ball of wax
everything, including all details, parts, etc., relating to a particular matter: He came back from Chicago with the contract for the whole ball of wax. Related Terms the whole ball of wax
a tract of land where ball games, especially baseball, are played. a baseball stadium. Informal. being an approximation, based on an educated guess: Give me a ballpark figure on our total expenses for next year. in the ballpark, Informal. within reasonable, acceptable, or expected limits: The price may go up another $10, but that’s still […]
- Ball-peen hammer
a hammer having a hemispherical peen (ball peen) for beating metal. Historical Examples A strip of galvanized metal is placed over the depressions in the die and a ball-peen hammer used to drive the metal into the die. The Boy Mechanic, Book 2 Various noun a hammer that has one end of its head shaped […]