What does the saying “to carry the ball” mean and Where does it come from?

The saying “to carry the ball” means to be responsible; to be in charge.

The allusion is to the American game of football, to the player to whom, on a given play, the ball is assigned.

Transference from literal to figurative usage became, at first, commercial lingo probably around 1925.

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