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Hello,

I have a question about the phrase 'play ball'.

If someone says "Let's play ball with me.",
what kinds of ball sports do you think of ?

I have heard that some people vision other than baseball,
is it true?
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Unless the speaker is using the idiom 'play ball' meaning 'cooperate', I would immediately think 'baseball'-- I am watching the third game of the 'Subway Series' as I type. (Matsui just hit a game-tying single in the 8th inning!!)
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In UK, we don't think of baseball (because we don't play it!) "Play ball" in the literal sense would simply mean "go and play with a ball" - with no reference to any particular game.
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Hello Mister Micawber and abbie1948,

I am really happy to know the detail of the phrase.
Your comments are very helpful to me.

Now I am studying sports idioms,
so I will check not only characters but also the background.

Thank you so much!
Yoko
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