ball game


Definition of ball game 

1 : a game played with a ball

2a : a set of circumstances : situation a whole new ball game

b : contest sense 1

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Examples of ball game in a Sentence

He was popular because he was good at ball games. Dad took us to a ball game. watching a ball game on TV
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Heck of a ball game, very good offensive game for fans to watch. USA TODAY, "Goodwin, Jensen lead No. 20 Oklahoma St women over Oklahoma," 7 Jan. 2018 Making Sacrifices Though it was played as an everyday pickup sport, much like soccer or basketball, this ball game also held a sacred place in religion and warfare for Mesoamerican cultures. Erin Blakemore, National Geographic, "Where Did Soccer Start? Archaeology Weighs In.," 15 June 2018 The race is a whole different ball game, but having that speed is nice. Edgar Thompson,, "Chase Elliott captures the pole at Coke Zero Sugar 400," 7 July 2018 Loud ball games on a regular basis don’t bother you, but a little girl hawking water does? Monique Judge, The Root, "From White Privilege to White Tears: #PermitPatty Sobs That She Really Didn’t Mean for Police to Come," 25 June 2018 Free-kicks on the other hand were a completely different ball game for the Potters., "Crystal Palace Comeback Plunges Stoke City Into the Championship," 5 May 2018 Additionally, mound visits will be limited to six per game at Class AAA, eight at Class AA and 10 at Class A. There will be no limits for rookie ball games. Usa Today Sports, USA TODAY, "Sweeping changes for minor league baseball games include extra-inning runner at 2nd," 14 Mar. 2018 The activities included seminars on fashion and beauty, panel discussions and a celebrity dodge ball game. Anita Bennett, Fortune, "BET Awards Mulling Move From Los Angeles, Insiders Say (Exclusive)," 27 June 2018 The Reds held their annual event for the media last week, showing off what's new in edibles at ball games this summer. Enquirer Staff,, "Opening Day newsletter: Who's starting for the Reds, new food, celebrations and more," 30 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of ball game

1760, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of ball game

: any game that is played with a ball

: a baseball game

—used in phrases like a whole new ball game and a different ball game to describe a situation or activity that has changed

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