042 - Expression - To Drop The Ball


In this expression episode, you'll learn all about THE BALL DROP on NEW YEAR'S IN NEW YORK CITY and learn how to use the common English expression TO DROP THE BALL.

American English Podcast

American English Podcast

By Shana Thompson

As the iconic crystal ball climbs up 1 Times Square, millions of spectators wait in brutal cold to count down. I’m freezing. Frozen, frozen to the bone.

"What have you been doing since 6:00 a.m.?

"Losing our toes."

"Are you regretting it now a little bit?"

"Yeah. Yeah."


Hello. Happy almost New Year’s, and as usual, I’m ready to spend New Year’s Eve at home watching the countdown till New Year’s 2020. According to USA Today, one million people gather in New York City’s Times Square for the iconic ball drop. 198 million Americans watch it on television and one billion people around the world watch as well as this six ton ball drops as the new year approaches. In that introduction from the CBS New York YouTube channel, you heard just how freezing it is waiting outside all day long. 

Some people get there at 6:00 a.m. in the morning to get a place in the viewing areas and once they’re inside, they can’t really leave. So there aren’t any bathrooms. I remember when I lived in New York City, some people mentioned that a lot of the viewers wear adult diapers so that they can go to the bathroom and maintain their place in line. If you get what I mean. And a lot of people do this because it’s on their bucket list. It’s something that they want to do at least once in their lives.

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