- used for telling someone that it is their responsibility to take action or make a decision.
- It is up to you to make the next move.
- to be someone else's move, play, or turn.
- you need to react or answer.
- If the ball is in someone's court, they have to do something before any progress can be made in a situation.
- It's your turn now.
- It's your responsibility now; it's up to you.
- it is time for someone to deal with a problem or make a decision, because other people have already done as much as they can. (From Cambridge Dictionary)
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This term comes from tennis, where it means it is the opponent's turn to serve or return the ball, and has been transferred to other activities.
- I’ve done my bit. The ball’s in his court now.
- I've done all I can; now the ball's in your court.
- We have made a reasonable offer for the house, and now the ball is in their court.
- I've told him he can have his job back if he apologises. The ball's in his court now.
- It’s not Daniel’s fault the deal isn’t finished, he made the last offer. The ball is in Harry’s court now.”
- I've helped him in every way I can – the ball's in his court now.