game changer

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Definition of game changer 

: a newly introduced element or factor that changes an existing situation or activity in a significant way

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Other Words from game changer

game-changing adjective
a game-changing discovery

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As a number of critics have written, just seeing an all-Asian cast in complex roles is a game changer; the film challenges racial expectations and brings underrepresented voices before a huge audience. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "Crazy Rich Asians is a dazzling, sumptuous success," 18 Aug. 2018 The vote will be a game changer, putting into full force constitutional changes transforming Turkey’s ruling system into an executive presidency. Washington Post, "A look at dual elections in Turkey testing Erdogan’s power," 22 June 2018 The vote will be a game changer, putting into full force constitutional changes transforming Turkey's ruling system into an executive presidency. Zeynep Bilginsoy, Fox News, "A look at dual elections in Turkey testing Erdogan's power," 22 June 2018 The game changers would be the GOP Senators Murkowski and Collins. Francine Kiefer, The Christian Science Monitor, "For women senators, court nomination touches a very personal issue," 11 July 2018 Rosemary: As Davila stated, this is a game changer that can produce spectacular results with pork chops, chicken, lamb or a whole fish on the grill. Chuck Blount, San Antonio Express-News, "Add a little more flavor to your grill with fragrant ingredients," 2 July 2018 The decisions that are made on draft night are potential game changers. Matt Babcock,, "The Dreams and Nightmares of Every Agent on NBA Draft Night," 18 June 2018 Nine of those 17 games during the 6-11 stretch were played without Hoskins, whose mere presence in the lineup is a game changer for the Phillies. Bob Brookover,, "Phillies learning how to navigate through turbulent times | Bob Brookover," 15 June 2018 The experiment could be a game changer and possibly increase the odds of success for third-party candidates. Doug Criss, CNN, "5 things for June 12: North Korea, Russia sanctions, voter rolls, deadly standoff," 12 June 2018

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First Known Use of game changer

1993, in the meaning defined above

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Financial Definition of game changer

What It Is

A game changer is a person or thing that radically changes an industry or a company.

How It Works

For instance, when Apple introduced the iPod, the product was a game changer. It revolutionized the way in which music was purchased and consumed. Though other companies had already launched MP3 players, Apple's product had a more attractive design, a big marketing budget, and, most important, a music platform (iTunes) that virtually dictated how music would be distributed going forward.

Why It Matters

Game changers are disruptive. They are sometimes crazy ideas. But if they work, they can be wildly lucrative. Unfortunately, they don't come along often.

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