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(1). This expression is used to take ownership of a task or project.
“Mary is going to pick up the ball and run with it and visit the client and help them.”
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(1). Cool stuff somebody other than you did (see best practices).
“Some of the bright spots from this year came from our billing department, so kudos to them. That new practice of getting invoices out with the correct mailing addresses really helped our bottom line.”
Props to David P. for the submission.