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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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 Normally at a ball game, somebody performs it, everybody claps and then the players come out. Jill Gleeson, Country Living, "National Anthem Etiquette: How to Properly Honor 'The Star-Spangled Banner'," 5 Nov. 2018 The offense — and especially Clemson’s long-ball game — has been much crisper with Lawrence in the game. Pete Iacobelli, The Seattle Times, "No. 3 Clemson tabs freshman Trevor Lawrence new starting QB," 24 Sep. 2018 Head out to a ball game that’s over the line: hitting the ball over the line and provocative team names. Lisa Deaderick,, "Taking a swing at annual Over the Line tournament," 12 July 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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