The Alternative German Dictionary: ballern

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ballern etymology First attested in {{etym}} balderen, which may be the origin of the word (with Low German -ld--ll-). But independent onomatopoeia is equally possible. The football sense via “to shoot” and through secondary association with Ball. pronunciation
  • /ˈbalɐn/
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verb: {{de-verb-weak}}
  1. to bang make a loud, dull sound
  2. (colloquial) to shoot, particularly: to be trigger-happy
  3. (football) to hammer shoot hard

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