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

Examples of playing field in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web By the time this one was over, the Saints' injury list looked about as long as the one the 49ers had coming into the game, almost as if the football gods were trying to level the playing field. Rod Walker,, "Walker: Saints defense proves it can carry wins, but will Brees' injury mean it has to?," 15 Nov. 2020 Now, one bank has a novel idea to level the playing field: Tax people working from home to help others who aren't getting the same advantages. Irina Ivanova, CBS News, "Bank proposes taxing work-from-home to help economy," 13 Nov. 2020 Political scientists say the changing demographic of the state could favor the playing field for Democrats this election. Lacrai Mitchell, CBS News, "North Carolina 2020 election results," 3 Nov. 2020 Cathy McGuirk is rarely overwhelmed, certainly neither on a playing field nor in life. Lori Riley,, "Longtime Connecticut field hockey coach staying positive in fight against ALS," 1 Nov. 2020 Because drones level the playing field among rich nations, poor nations, and non-nations. Peter Coy,, "Biden, Iran, and Oil Prices: How the Puzzle Pieces Might Fit Together," 30 Oct. 2020 Two council members said the city will eventually need to revise the fees San Diego taxis can charge customers, to make the playing field more even with Uber and Lyft. David Garrick, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Seeking to even playing field with Uber and Lyft, San Diego loosening cab regulations," 28 Oct. 2020 At Lusher, Smith cited injury and the decision by some parents to keep their children off the playing field among the factors in the decision to halt football. Chris Dabe,, "Lusher halts football season due to diminishing player numbers, injuries," 27 Oct. 2020 Meanwhile, the process of converting the lights that illuminate the playing field to LEDs has begun. Joe Taschler, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Drive system on Miller Park roof to be replaced as part of planned ballpark maintenance, board members decide," 7 Oct. 2020

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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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26 Nov 2020

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“Playing field.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2020.

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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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