game plan


Definition of game plan 

: a strategy for achieving an objective

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game-plan \ˈgām-ˌplan \ intransitive verb

Examples of game plan in a Sentence

The governor is developing a game plan to lure businesses to the region. what's our game plan for touring the city?

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But Argentina, no longer home to the world’s best and most rugged defenders, gave Mbappé, Antoine Griezmann and Olivier Giroud more room to roam on Saturday, which was surely not part of the Argentine game plan. Christopher Clarey, New York Times, "Messi Exits the World Cup. Hours Later, So Does Ronaldo.," 1 July 2018 Their physical play, and Ovechkin is an important contributor to that, was a critical aspect of the game plan. Kevin Allen, USA TODAY, "Alex Ovechkin finally has the right mix that could take Capitals to Stanley Cup Final," 23 May 2018 To be fair to Hammel from a strikeouts perspective, part of the game plan Wednesday could have been to let the Rays get themselves out. Jesse Newell, kansascity, "'Beyond frustration': Royals' starting pitching woes continue as Rays sweep series," 16 May 2018 According to the game plan, this would be a real-world working test to see how Domino’s customers living in Ann Arbor, Mich., would react to this futuristic and very high-tech delivery system. Ed Wallace, star-telegram, "Fantasyland: Definitely not Realityland," 6 Jan. 2018 That is a horrifying game plan Fred Waterford (Joseph Fiennes) could get behind (and already did)., "The Handmaid’s Tale," 13 July 2018 Start rationing paychecks, scouring Amazon and creating a shopping game plan. Jessica Suriano, azcentral, "How to shop like a pro during Amazon Prime Day," 12 July 2018 To combat that, the Democratic Governors Association is building a network of donors and post-primary game plan to quickly get on the air after the primary. Patrick Marley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Scott Walker spends heavily on TV as Democrats scramble to raise cash," 29 June 2018 Opposing teams game planned to stop McKenna, especially after teammate Max Friedman tore his ACL in the preseason and missed the entire year. Tim Schwartz, Howard County Times, "Howard senior Felix Knorr faces off as boys lacrosse Player of the Year," 13 June 2018

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First Known Use of game plan

1941, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of game plan

: a plan for playing a game (such as American football or soccer)

: a plan for doing or achieving something

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one that holds something together

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