game ball


Definition of game ball

: a ball (such as a football) presented to a player or coach in recognition of an outstanding contribution to a team victory

Examples of game ball in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Kyle Shanahan said of awarding his dad a game ball. Ron Kroichick,, "49ers’ Kyle Shanahan planned for ‘a while’ to give game ball to his dad," 21 Oct. 2019 San Francisco coach Kyle Shanahan awarded Sunday's game ball to his father, two-time Super Bowl-winning coach Mike Shanahan. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, "32 things we learned from Week 7 of the 2019 NFL season," 21 Oct. 2019 The game ball was white with black stripes around it near both ends. Los Angeles Times, "High school soccer team in Vermont has a message for everyone," 20 Oct. 2019 The Eric Ebron/Zach Pascal game How many game balls does Frank Reich have to give out? Jim Ayello, Indianapolis Star, "Insider: Houston Texans were going to make Jacoby Brissett beat them, and he did," 20 Oct. 2019 Mayfield was also sacked five times and came up wincing in pain after a couple of them, including the one in the end zone for a safety, and a fourth-quarter sack by Cameron Wake, who had three and earned a game ball. Mary Kay Cabot,, "Baker Mayfield X-rays negative after Titans’ rout and ‘everybody’s going to throw us in the trash’," 8 Sep. 2019 Give a game ball to the Mean Moose defense, which didn’t allow a single point all night. Matt Schubert, The Denver Post, "Colorado Prep Football Rewind, Week 3: Green Mountain’s upset victory, Valor hangs on and going for the win," 14 Sep. 2019 Regardless of the gaps in Hutchinson's memory, he's guaranteed to have one memento from Saturday's game: The game ball sat in front of him on the podium after U-M's double-overtime victory over the Black Knights. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan football's defense has game-sealing play, a gem of a performance, vs. Army," 7 Sep. 2019 As a testament to the play of his defensive midfield, L-S awarded the game ball to senior Kyle Smith, who did not tally a point, but contributed in many ways that did not show up in the scorebook. Nate Weitzer,, "Lincoln-Sudbury knocks off top-seeded St. John’s Prep in boys’ lacrosse," 14 June 2019

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First Known Use of game ball

1853, in the meaning defined above

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11 Nov 2019

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“Game ball.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 6 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of game ball

US : a ball that is given to a player or coach who did something impressive to help win a game in American football, basketball, etc.

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