ball game


Definition of ball game 

1 : a game played with a ball

2a : a set of circumstances : situation a whole new ball game

b : contest sense 1

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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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If these lines can be bridged or eradicated, a team is likely to win more ball games. Paul Dickson, WSJ, "‘Astroball’ Review: Lone Star Turnaround," 16 July 2018 The K Street lobbyists often party with clients at Washington Nationals ball games or Capitals hockey games. The Washington Post,, "He threatened to kill himself, so police took his guns," 17 Mar. 2018 This special ball game wouldn’t be possible without the passion and support of Los Angeles Dodgers former manager Tommy Lasorda and his family. Jennifer Williams, Fox News, "The Daily Spike: It takes a team to make a dream," 27 July 2018 Shopping for vintage on Instagram, on the other hand, is a whole other ball game. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "Has Instagram Officially Replaced Etsy as The Best Place to Find Rare Vintage Fashion?," 26 July 2018 Four hours in the car with your besties is one thing, 14 is a whole other ball game. The Editors, Seventeen, "How to Plan the Perfect Road Trip With Your Besties," 19 Apr. 2018 Heck of a ball game, very good offensive game for fans to watch. USA TODAY, "Goodwin, Jensen lead No. 20 Oklahoma St women over Oklahoma," 7 Jan. 2018 Making Sacrifices Though it was played as an everyday pickup sport, much like soccer or basketball, this ball game also held a sacred place in religion and warfare for Mesoamerican cultures. Erin Blakemore, National Geographic, "Where Did Soccer Start? Archaeology Weighs In.," 15 June 2018 The race is a whole different ball game, but having that speed is nice. Edgar Thompson,, "Chase Elliott captures the pole at Coke Zero Sugar 400," 7 July 2018

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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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ball game


English Language Learners Definition of ball game

: any game that is played with a ball

: a baseball game

—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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