- ball games1) N-COUNT: usu pl Ball games are games that are played with a ball such as tennis, baseball, and football.2) N-COUNT A ball game is a baseball match. [AM]
I'd still like to go to a ball game.3) N-SING You can use ball game to describe any situation or activity, especially one that involves competition. [JOURNALISM or, SPOKEN]
Two of his biggest competitors are out of the ball game.●PHRASE If you say that a situation is a new ball game, you mean that it is completely different from, or much more difficult than, the previous situation or any situation that you have experienced before.
He finds himself faced with a whole new ball game.
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ball game — ball ,game noun count 1. ) AMERICAN a baseball game 2. ) any game played with a ball, such as soccer or football a different ball game or a whole new ball game a situation that is completely different from what has happened before: I m working in … Usage of the words and phrases in modern English
ball game — n 1.) AmE a game of baseball, football, or ↑basketball 2.) BrE any game played with a ball 3.) a whole new ball game a situation that is very different from the one you are used to ▪ I used to be a teacher, so working in an office is a whole new… … Dictionary of contemporary English
ball game — ball game, ballpark 1. Ball game, an American name for baseball, has formed the core of several colloquial idioms in which it means ‘a state of affairs’, as in a whole new ball game. Because of its wide scope of alternative reference, it seems to … Modern English usage
ball game — ball′ game n. 1) spo any game played with a ball 2) cvb inf a situation and all its attendant circumstances • Etymology: 1840–50, amer … From formal English to slang
Ball game — A ball game is a game played with a ball. Someone who plays a ball game is known as a ballplayer.There are many popular games or sports involving some type of ball or similar object. These games can be grouped by the general objective of the game … Wikipedia
ball game — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms ball game : singular ball game plural ball games 1) any game played with a ball, such as tennis or football 2) American a baseball match • a different ball game … English dictionary
ball game — 1. any game played with a ball, esp. baseball or softball. 2. Informal. a situation and all its attendant circumstances: Having a new administration in power changes the entire ball game at city hall. Cf. new ball game. 3. Archaeol. a ceremonial… … Universalium
ball game — noun a) Any game played with a ball. Basketball, cricket, and football are three kinds of ball game. b) A specific contest or match between teams playing such a game. George and Harriet went to the stadium to see the ball game … Wiktionary
ball game — noun 1 AmE a baseball game 2 BrE any game played with a ball 3 a whole new ball game a situation that is very different from the one you are used to: I used to be a teacher, so working in an office is a whole new ball game … Longman dictionary of contemporary English
ball game — noun Date: 1848 1. a game played with a ball 2. a. a set of circumstances ; situation < a whole new ball game > b. contest 1 … New Collegiate Dictionary