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The ball’s in your hand now

Seen on Facebook.  This is a congruent conflation of “the ball’s in your court” and “in your hands”, both meaning under one’s control or in possession.  Certainly you catch a ball with your hands so the mind sees “ball” and attaches that word to “hand”. in all likelihood.  “Out of our hands” may also be in the mix, although the meaning is the complete opposite to what the writer was trying to convey.  Incongruent conflation perhaps?  A big thanks to Katie Norwood for spotting this one.

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