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.
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 […]
a person who plays ball professionally, especially baseball. anyone who plays ball. Contemporary Examples “Well, we only have one team,” Williams, the Russian ballplayer quipped. Billy Crystal’s Tribute to Robin Williams at the Emmys Was Perfect Kevin Fallon August 25, 2014 Wilson looked more like a bouncer at a waterfront bar than a ballplayer. Baseball’s […]
a pen in which the point is a fine ball bearing that rotates against a supply of semisolid ink in a cartridge. Contemporary Examples The officer passed a form across the table and handed me a ballpoint pen, and I realized that this was war. In War, What Remains Artis Henderson January 6, 2014 This […]