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 Fans can take themselves out to the ball game for the first time this season during the NL Championship Series and World Series at new Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas. Fox News, "Fans to be allowed at World Series, NLCS in Arlington, Texas," 1 Oct. 2020 Kelly brought Nakota to his father after the ball game. Vic Ryckaert, The Indianapolis Star, "'Letting my son down': At least 5 abuse complaints came before boy warned of his own death," 29 Sep. 2020 Scotland likes to claim invention of the sport in the 15th century, but Chinese scholars will tell you people were playing chuiwan, a similar stick and ball game, during the Song Dynasty 1,000 years ago. Mark Zeigler, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Trump likes golf but he won’t like the PGA leader’s hat," 7 Aug. 2020 The ball game pok-ta-pok was nearly ubiquitous in pre-Hispanic Mesoamerica, but today, its origins remain a matter of debate among archaeologists. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, "Newly Unearthed Mesoamerican Ball Court Offers Insights on Game’s Origins," 16 Mar. 2020 But a trip to the Blue House, South Korea's presidential residence, was a whole different ball game. Joshua Berlinger, CNN, "Chaos in the Koreas sees Kim Jong Un's sister emerge stronger than ever," 18 June 2020 On the court, Sexton has talked with Bickerstaff about polishing his off-the-ball game. Chris Fedor, cleveland, "What’s next for Collin Sexton? He has a lofty goal: ‘I want to push towards that All-Star Game’," 12 June 2020 The find also suggests that the ball game was already at the center of trade and interaction between regions. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "3,400-year-old Mesoamerican ball court sheds light on origins of the game," 25 Mar. 2020 Big gatherings such as concerts and ball games will not be first to open. Sarah Brookbank,, "Coronavirus in Ohio, Kentucky: Reopening, what's in new relief bill, second wave, $2,000 proposal," 22 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of ball game

1760, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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13 Oct 2020

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“Ball game.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Oct. 2020.

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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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