ball game

noun

Definition of ball game

1 : a game played with a ball
2a : a set of circumstances : situation a whole new ball game

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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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Recent Examples on the Web But a trip to the Blue House, South Korea's presidential residence, was a whole different ball game. Joshua Berlinger, CNN, "Chaos in the Koreas sees Kim Jong Un's sister emerge stronger than ever," 18 June 2020 On the court, Sexton has talked with Bickerstaff about polishing his off-the-ball game. Chris Fedor, cleveland, "What’s next for Collin Sexton? He has a lofty goal: ‘I want to push towards that All-Star Game’," 12 June 2020 The find also suggests that the ball game was already at the center of trade and interaction between regions. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "3,400-year-old Mesoamerican ball court sheds light on origins of the game," 25 Mar. 2020 Big gatherings such as concerts and ball games will not be first to open. Sarah Brookbank, Cincinnati.com, "Coronavirus in Ohio, Kentucky: Reopening, what's in new relief bill, second wave, $2,000 proposal," 22 Apr. 2020 Everything is expensive in New York these days: rent, groceries, restaurants, taxis, movies, pop concerts, ball games. Michael Cooper, New York Times, "Priced Out of Classical Music? Try Concerts for $8.33," 18 Oct. 2019 Just being alert to finding youthful company to join in sharing plays, ball games and fun events brings life and energy to all involved. Chuck Slocum, Twin Cities, "Chuck Slocum: Mentoring is an effective way to offer a hand up to youngsters who need it," 28 Sep. 2019 Schnell said, and instead hope to attract a cross-section of people who enjoy racing and socializing at parties to watch ball games and other live sporting events. Grace Schneider, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville's downtown betting club means big bucks for Churchill. But how much is a secret," 24 June 2019 Men who tossed their children over their shoulders to avoid the hot sand at the beach, or coached ball games, or blew up balloons at birthday parties. Robin Antalek, Longreads, "The Bigamist’s Daughter," 22 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of ball game

1760, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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27 Jun 2020

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“Ball game.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ball%20game. Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

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ball game

noun

English Language Learners Definition of ball game

: any game that is played with a ball
US : a baseball game
informal 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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