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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Many were from ex-servicemen and their families who wanted to be generous to visiting sailors by taking them to a nice restaurant, a ball game, a backyard barbecue or even church., "Long before Tinder, Fleet Week’s Dial-A-Sailor service offered women, sailors a ‘good time’," 6 June 2019 To an outsider, a recent Saturday afternoon ball game may have looked vaguely familiar but also strangely foreign. James Krause, Naperville Sun, "Vintage baseball played with 1858 rules takes the field Sunday at Naper Settlement's Hometown Picnic," 6 June 2019 Other popular activities include seeking out the best oysters (check out Neptune), visiting the eclectic salon-style art display at Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, and catching a ball game at Fenway Park. Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Cities in the U.S.: 2018 Readers' Choice Awards," 9 Oct. 2018 Unsurprisingly, chest acne accompanies facial acne in teens (unlike body acne, which is a whole different ball game). Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Get Rid of Chest Acne in a Zap With These Tips," 5 Mar. 2019 Other operators run whirly ball games in other cities. Karen Pilarski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin's first WhirlyBall entertainment center, restaurant could be coming soon to Brookfield Square," 11 July 2018 Salmen got back in the ball game in the 5th starting with a single by Joey Smith. Travis Connelley,, "Salmen 6, Lakeshore 2: Andre Beaudoin, Spartans take advantage of multiple Titan errors," 12 Apr. 2018 By 2017, virality had become a whole different ball game. Nicolas Heller, Vogue, "It’s Hard Out There for a Pet Influencer," 20 Dec. 2018 Currently, Rihanna’s 'Don’t Stop the Music' is blaring in Chattanooga as aides toss free Trump T-shirts into the crowd, like a ball game. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Rihanna Doesn't Want Trump to Play Her Songs at His Rallies," 5 Nov. 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
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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