playing field


Definition of playing field 

1 : a field for various games especially : the part of a field officially marked off for play

2 : a set of conditions for competition usually used in such phrases as a level playing field

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Another more general seminar is being planned in New York this fall on the subject of aviation, in hopes of leveling the playing field on a contract area that traditionally has been dominated by Russia. Adam Shaw, Fox News, "Haley fights to get US companies a bigger piece of the action on lucrative UN contracts," 24 Aug. 2018 The Heath covers 791 acres of woodland, playing fields, swimming ponds and meadows of tall grass perfect both for picnickers and couples in search of privacy. Ramsay Short, Condé Nast Traveler, "24 Best Things to Do in London," 3 Mar. 2018 Other features include a 40,000 square-foot play field, roughly the size of a soccer field, a smaller playground, and areas for future permanent classroom expansion and modular classrooms if needed. Bill Banks, ajc, "Demolition for Decatur’s Talley Street school begins," 5 June 2018 The first grave, at the city's al-Rashid playing field, is one of nine mass grave locations the activist team has identified, HRW quoted a local team leader as saying. Bassem Mroue,, "Watchdog: Syrian group uncovering Islamic State mass graves needs help," 3 July 2018 And as consumers increasingly shop using voice technology, the playing field becomes even more tilted. New York Times, "Amazon, the Brand Buster," 23 June 2018 This is where Futbol Club Cincinnati plays in the United Soccer League, and when the club jumps to Major League Soccer next season, the playing field remains the same. Charlie Hatch,, "FC Cincinnati winger position battle among most fierce for USL minutes and MLS hopes," 20 June 2018 But that site is too steep for playing fields, which is why the district also began eyeing the 6.9-acre slice of Stoneleigh. Kathy Boccella,, "Lower Merion's new public garden already threatened by middle school plan," 10 May 2018 Gottlieb hailed innovation in the nation’s pharmaceutical industry, but said the playing field needs to be evened. Washington Post, "The Health 202: Calorie counts at restaurants are aimed at trimming waistlines. But science suggests they don't necessarily work.," 4 May 2018

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First Known Use of playing field

circa 1584, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of playing field was circa 1584

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English Language Learners Definition of playing field

: an area that is used for playing some sports; especially : the part of a field that is officially marked as the place where the action of a game happens

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