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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.

They go behind our backs, they withhold in· fonnation, they talk down w us liu idiots. have your back to the wall ...... If you say thai someone has their back to tbe wall or has their back against the wall, you mean that they have very serious prob­ lems or are in a very difficult situation. which will be hard to deal with. Battered by the economic situation and un· able w provide any kong·term answer W the ter­ rorism, the fledsling lAbour gooernmetll. had its back to the wall. But why is it that when you have your back w the wall.

The Queen will. quite simply. go ballistic. balloon the balloon goes up If �'Ou say that tbe balls 17 ... balloon has gone UP. you mean that a situation has become very serious or something bad has Just happened. This expression is used malnly in British English. On W Saturday the balloon went up. Henry said h€ would be going Olll to a COII/erence and nOl returning until the Sunday oflemoon. Sara Iold him to take all his things and not to re­ turn at aiL On the line was his solicitor warning that the balloon was about to go up.

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