ball game

or ball·game


noun

any game played with a ball, especially baseball or softball.
Informal. a situation and all its attendant circumstances: Having a new administration in power changes the entire ball game at city hall.Compare new ball game.
Archaeology. a ceremonial game of both ritual and sporting significance, played by teams on a ball court in Mesoamerican cultures from the Preclassic period to the Spanish conquest.

Origin of ball game

An Americanism dating back to 1840–50
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British Dictionary definitions for ballgame

ball game

noun

any game played with a ball
US and Canadian a game of baseball
informal a situation; state of affairs (esp in the phrase a whole new ball game)
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Idioms and Phrases with ballgame

ballgame

see whole new ballgame.

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