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You're SCm£­ where n i the ballpark. Doctor Adams pointed out thm as a p� of i cost aboUl £S - an suln� surgical equipmenl t underestimaU. maybe. but in tM right ball· park. in the same ballpark If you say that one person or thing is in the same ballpark as another, you mean that the first person or thing is comparable to the sec· ond, or is as good or important as the second. This expression is used in American English. As a general investigative agency, they're not in the same ballpark as th€ FBI.

You choose to do it or decide to do it rather than being told to do it. This expression is used in British English. his call? ' I'm ctrtain whauver SM did, SM did off her own bat PIRa� make that clRar, whattV€r she did was Mlhng i to do With me. Play a straight bat: I If you say that someone plays a stralgbt bat, you mean that they try to avoid answer· ing diffICult questions. This expression is used in British English. But last Saturday her inUrviewee pla)ltd a straight bat, rduring all n i quiries to his so­ fieitors before driving off.

Which was as weff, as tM che/ was a ont-man band, taking OI'thrs, and rooking and suvtng at table. l'm a OiIt'-man band, Mr Herold. At presetll I haven't even gal a S«'7'ttary. a A waman who Is like this Is sometimes de­ scribed as a one-woman band. wn doSffi and I am no bell« at being in two places at once than the next one·woman band. a A one-man band ill a street entertainer someone is phrases such as someone's bandwaron ls rolling, to mean that an activity or move­ ment is getting increasing support.

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