ball game


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

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
Recent Examples on the Web This is supposed to be a ball game and not just a talk show. Los Angeles Times, 13 Apr. 2024 Regardless of the modest increases across a variety of statistical categories, FanGraphs still expects Stanton to miss 57 ball games. Wayne G. McDonnell, Jr., Forbes, 23 Feb. 2024 Here’s your ball game folks as Flutie takes the snap . . . C. Isaiah Smalls Ii, Miami Herald, 30 Jan. 2024 Read More: The Hidden Science Behind Video Games Like The Last of Us The tension between fun and fatal may have reached an apex with the ritual ball game known as tlachtli, played by pre-Columbian cultures throughout Mesoamerica like the Maya and Aztec. Cody Cottier, Discover Magazine, 5 Mar. 2024 Related content: The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon premiere final scene explained Daryl Dixon is a 'whole new ball game' for The Walking Dead franchise Are The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon and Last of Us the same show? Dalton Ross,, 9 Oct. 2023 The mass-participation ball game involves two teams, whose players are defined by which side of a small brook that bisects the town they were born, aiming to score a goal, which are some three miles apart. Alan Taylor, The Atlantic, 16 Feb. 2024 Despite the full-on sledging and slaughter on the field, the 22-year-old came in to blast a century at Perth as if this red ball game was all a bit of fun. Tim Ellis, Forbes, 14 Feb. 2024 According to Baseball-Reference, Stanton has appeared in 549 out of the 870 ball games the Yankees have played over the past six seasons. Wayne G. McDonnell, Jr., Forbes, 23 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

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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“Ball game.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

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