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Ball is in someone’s court vs Have the ball at one’s feet

ball is in someone’s court, the—is used to say that another person must make the next move:

  • Addison tells him that the ball is in his court. All he has to do is sign the divorce papers and she will too.

have the ball at one’s feet—be in a strategically advantageous position:

  • The working class militants have the ball at their feet, as never before.