balls ‹vulgar slang›

b

I. plural noun

1. testicles.
2. [ mass noun] courage or nerve.
3. [ mass noun]
(Brit.) nonsense; rubbish (often said to express strong disagreement).
II. verb [with obj.] ( balls something up)

1.
(Brit.) bungle something.
III. phrases

have someone/thing by the balls

‹vulgar slang› have complete control over someone or something

they’ve got us by the balls, and they know it.

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