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인생을 살다보면 중요한 순간에 실수를 하는 경우가 있다.

  1. 중요한 프로젝트를 맡게되었는데, 보기좋게 말아먹거나,
  2. 중요한 자리에서 돌이킬수 없는 말 실수를 하거나,
  3. 못지킬 약속을 해서 사람을 실망시키거나,
이처럼 실수를 저지는 것을 영어로 어떻게 표현할까?
  1. make a mistake
  2. fail
등의 표현을 쓸 수 있지만, 이 표현들 보다 좀 더 감정을 자극하는 표현이 있다. 구기종목에서 응원하는 팀에서 믿었던 선수가 공을 놓쳤다고 생각해보라. 그것을 볼 때 느껴지는 안타까움을 포착한 표현이 있으니… “Dude, you completely dropped the ball on this one”


  1. to make a blunder; to fail in some way.


“실수하다”의 의미로 drop the ball을 쓰지만, “X에 있어서 실수하다”를 표현하고 싶으면 drop the ball ON X의 형태로 쓴다.


  • PROFESSOR CARTER:Just don’t drop the ball, okay? EVAN:I won’t let you down, Professor Carter. (Butterfly Effect)
  • What you did was drop the ball, Probie. Get that right. (Backdraft)
  • You know, it seems all you do lately is drop the ball. (Friends)
  • Look, the truth is l could use a little help on this. l don’t want to drop the ball on this one. (The X Files)
  • You afraid you might blow it? I just thought if you drop the ball, I’m in reserve to clean it up. (Officer Down)


  • Did Airport Security Drop the Ball In Malaysia? (Bloomberg)
  • I take no issue with your assertion that the US is about to “drop the ball”; the question is who will be able to pick it up. (Economist)
  • Did We Drop the Ball on Unemployment? (NYT)


  • Dallas’s Music Scene is back. I just hope whoever is next up doesn’t drop the ball. My heart can’t take it.
  • Don’t drop the ball migrating to SaaS
  • We are all going to “drop the ball” at some point in our lives. When it does, how will you handle it?


  • You are well aware that I do not drop the ball
  • who are dropping the ball
  • because the government has dropped the ball on much of this, I’m afraid.


  • Is it a slang? No(Idiom)
  • Can I use it in a email? Yes(but only if it’s casual)
  • Can I use it in a formal setting? No
  • Frequency? A lot

context plot data source: Davies, Mark. (2008-) The Corpus of Contemporary American English: 450 million words, 1990-present. Available online at http://corpus.byu.edu/coca/