the ball's in your court
Meaning: If someone you're negotiating with says "the ball's in your court", they think it's your turn to make a move or make an offer.
- We've offered him ten thousand dollars a month, so the ball's in his court now.
- They know our position, so the ball's in their court. If they want to pursue the matter, they'll have to make the next move.
Origin: Metaphorical, from sports such as tennis and badminton in which players take turns to hit a ball over a net into each other's end of the court.
If you're bargaining with someone and they say "the ball's in your court" it means they think
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Contributor: Matt Errey