name of the game

noun phrase

: the essential quality or matter
patience is the name of the game in coastal duck huntingDick Beals
: the fundamental goal of an activity

Word History

First Known Use

1910, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of name of the game was in 1910

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“Name of the game.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Sep. 2023.

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