game plan


Definition of game plan

: a strategy for achieving an objective

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game-plan \ ˈgām-​ˌplan How to pronounce game-plan (audio) \ 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?
Recent Examples on the Web Personally, my quarantine game plan for hair-pulling is still very much a work in progress. Kimi Vesel,, "I Finally Had My Trichotillomania Under Control Before the Pandemic—But Now I'm Struggling in Quarantine," 14 May 2020 Louisville Courier Journal Nearing the end of her junior year at duPont Manual High School, Katie Cummins has a game plan for college. Olivia Krauth, The Courier-Journal, "Coronavirus has AP testing on the rocks as high school students fear losing college credit," 18 Mar. 2020 Kyle Shanahan will still be cooking up the offensive game plans and calling the plays. Steven Ruiz, For The Win, "Why the 49ers need to think about trading Jimmy Garoppolo," 4 Feb. 2020 Iran has a strategic game plan on the ground in Iraq aimed at protecting and enhancing its influence in Iraq. New York Times, "American Airstrikes Rally Iraqis Against U.S.," 30 Dec. 2019 But not drafting a quarterback wasn't the game plan going in, according to coach Bill Belichick. Jimmy Hascup, USA TODAY, "Patriots coach Bill Belichick said that not drafting a quarterback 'wasn't by design'," 27 Apr. 2020 Kim Kardashian-West broke down the game plan for this season on an episode of Jimmy Fallon’s special at-home edition of his late night talk show. Ineye Komonibo,, "The Kardashian School Of Film Is Underway: The Family Is Filming Their Own KUWTK Finale," 1 Apr. 2020 Getty Images Kerr will sometimes start his practices talking about current events rather than the day’s game plan. Sean Gregory/oakland, Time, "The Golden State Warriors Revolutionized the NBA. Now They Plan to Keep the Dynasty Dream Alive," 20 June 2019 Hollywood is hitting the reset button on its game plan to get more teens and adults, especially young men, to see its movies. Dale Rutledge, Fortune, "Can video game films finally win over teens and adults?," 16 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of game plan

1941, in the meaning defined above

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19 May 2020

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“Game plan.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2020.

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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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