ball game


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 Now, a type-three interaction is a different ball game altogether. Biju Chandrasekharan, Forbes, 2 June 2021 There is also a ball roller game and a toss ball game that provides you with six plastic balls to play with. Chris Hachey, BGR, 27 May 2021 Facing the Detroit Tigers and batting third, Ruth collected two more homers, but allowed four runs in the 5th inning and was removed from the ball game. Jason Kurtz, CNN, 27 Apr. 2021 The Yankees have yet to break open offensively during a tight ball game and are not playing clean baseball. Forbes, 16 Apr. 2021 Speaking of spring, skincare for spring seasons is a whole new ball game than the winter. Essence, 26 Mar. 2021 And while Mehra is no stranger to late-night study sessions, a completely reversed schedule while studying from another country is a different ball game. Lindsay Schnell, USA TODAY, 13 Mar. 2021 Sales are one thing, but sustained success is an entirely different ball game. Emma Rose Cohen, Forbes, 10 Mar. 2021 This being a tournament developed and hosted by Dean Kamen's FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) organization, the competition involved more than the ball game itself. Larry Greenemeier, Scientific American, 17 Mar. 2010

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First Known Use of ball game

1760, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of ball game was in 1760

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16 Jun 2021

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“Ball game.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jun. 2021.

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ball game


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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