Kaneswaran balled his fist but seemed unsure how to respond.
But the legislators who ostensibly represent them are cowards, kittens, balled up in the corner.
In the far background were cliffs like oriental minarets, and balled rocks capped like the dome of St. Peter's.
For the first time I understood the phrase, to be 'all balled up.'
He balled his huge hands into tight knots and stared at the floor.
He grinned at the note, balled it into his fist and threw it into the paper can.
Bunny balled his nervous hands into hard fists and tried to swallow the lump that kept coming up in his throat.
This time the solar plexus was the target for one balled fist.
They got all balled up, just as their intellectual betters do when they tackle theology.
"They got it all balled up the night I seen it," says Bishop.
"round object," Old English *beal, from or corresponding to Old Norse bollr "ball," from Proto-Germanic *balluz (cf. Old High German ballo, German Ball), from PIE root *bhel- (2) "to blow, inflate, swell" (see bole).
Meaning "testicle" is from early 14c. Ball of the foot is from mid-14c. A ball as an object in a sports game is recorded from c.1200; To have the ball "hold the advantage" is from c.1400. To be on the ball is 1912, from sports. Ball-point pen first recorded 1946. Ball of fire when first recorded in 1821 referred to "a glass of brandy;" as "spectacularly successful striver" it is c.1900.
"dancing party," 1630s, from French, from Old French baller "to dance," from Late Latin ballare "to dance," from Greek ballizein "to dance, jump about" (see ballistics). Hence, "very enjoyable time," 1945, American English slang, perhaps back to 1930s in black slang.
A spherical object or mass.
A large pill or bolus.
ball up, beanball, butterfly ball, cannonball, carry the load, fireball, forkball, foul ball, get on the ball, go for the long ball, goofball, gopher ball, greaseball, greedball, have a ball, junk-ball, keep one's eye on the ball, meatball, not get one's balls in an uproar, nutball, oddball, on the ball, play ball, play catch-up, sleazebag, slimebag, softball, sourball, that's the way the ball bounces