the only game in town

noun phrase

: the only available, desirable, or valuable thing
For serious home cooks, this stove is the only game in town.
Our company is no longer the only game in town. We now have serious competition.

Examples of the only game in town in a Sentence

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“The only game in town.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jun. 2024.

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