Idioms about game
- to die after a brave struggle.
- to remain steadfast or in good spirits at the moment of defeat: He knew that as a candidate he didn't have a chance in the world, but he campaigned anyway and died game.
- Sports. playing badly: The pregame trash talk from our rivals was meant to throw us off our game, but we rose above it.
- not performing as well as usual: The showrunner and her writers are off their game, and episodes this season drag on without the humor and lightness fans had come to expect.
- Sports. playing well: You need to recruit experienced players who will be on their game coming straight off the bench.
- performing well, or as well as usual: She’s been noticeably sharper and really on her game since she came back from vacation.
- to act or play in accordance with the rules.
- to act honorably or justly: We naively assumed that our allies would continue to play the game.
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OTHER WORDS FROM gamegame·less, adjectivegame·like, adjectivegame·ness, nounun·game·like, adjective
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Other definitions for game (2 of 2)
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What does game mean?
A game is an activity for amusement, particularly with rules that guide the action, like musical chairs.
A game is also the materials needed to play certain games, such as a checkerboard and disks for playing checkers.
A game is also a competitive activity, like football, or a single occasion of the activity.
To game is to play computer or video games or to gamble.
To game is used figuratively to mean to cheat or manipulate to one’s advantage.
Example: I have never been to a game that was this slow and boring.
Where does game come from?
The first records of the term game come from before the year 1000. It ultimately comes from Old English gaman and thought to be related to Old High German, meaning “glee.” While not every game is fun, the goal is usually amusement.
Game is most often used to refer to an activity meant to be entertaining. Related senses include “number of points to win a game,” “the score at a particular point in the game,” and “a particular style of playing a game.”
Informally, game can refer to a required spirit for an activity, as in Who’s game for trying the new Indian restaurant? Informally, it can also refer to a business or profession, as in The dictionary game is a lot of fun if you love words!
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What are some other forms related to game?
- gameless (adjective)
- gamelike (adjective)
- gameness (noun)
- ungamelike (adjective)
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How is game used in real life?
Games are supposed to inspire amusement, but games can be taken very seriously.
Ready to cover an NBA playoff game … on Thursday, Aug. 20 … at 1 p.m. This feels weird.
— Anthony Chiang (@Anthony_Chiang) August 20, 2020
Michael Jordan never lost a first-round game when his team was the 1 seed
— Bulls Talk (@NBCSBulls) August 19, 2020
Shout out to all the community managers out there that are having really awkward meetings today with their higher-ups about why they should put their logo on a bean in a video game for $130k lol
— Fall Guys (@FallGuysGame) August 18, 2020
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Deb’s game is to convince Ron that he is a good painter, even though he’s not.
How to use game in a sentence
Still, the game of chicken between Pelosi and moderate Democrats is striking.Trump moves closer to Pelosi in economic aid talks, and House speaker must decide next move|Rachael Bade, Erica Werner|September 17, 2020|Washington Post
The output of a restaurant cannot be defined in numbers or data like a game.Christian Puglisi Is Closing His Influential Copenhagen Restaurants. COVID Is Only Partly to Blame|Rafael Tonon|September 17, 2020|Eater
“We’re using this as an opportunity to really understand our game at a higher level,” McCutchen said.Don’t Blame The Refs For All Of These Replay Reviews|Jared Dubin|September 17, 2020|FiveThirtyEight
Hahn’s comments — and his later apology — affirmed the idea that politics was seeping into the work of health officials who are supposed to be above playing that game.The Trump administration’s politicization of coronavirus comes to a head|Aaron Blake|September 16, 2020|Washington Post
When you write him off as being past his prime, he might just respond with a game like Sunday’s vintage performance — 364 yards, 73 percent of passes completed, four touchdowns and zero interceptions — against the Minnesota Vikings.
This is going to be the Game of Thrones of U.S. Senate races.The Golden State Preps for the ‘Red Wedding’ of Senate Races|David Freedlander|January 9, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Dora is seen getting dressed as a mermaid by a cursor being manned by some omniscient game player.Sleazy Billionaire’s Double Life Featured Beach Parties With Stephen Hawking|M.L. Nestel|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Think of it as Game of Thrones—if you subtract the sex and violence and add drunken revelry and singing.
Actually, the guessing game is over; the weddings have begun, as have weird attempts to circumvent our constitutional democracy.The Back Alley, Low Blow-Ridden Fight to Stop Gay Marriage in Florida Is Finally Over|Jay Michaelson|January 5, 2015|DAILY BEAST
When the game starts, there is only sand, a white ball, a flag indicating hole 1, and a “0” at the top of the screen.Lost For Thousands of Strokes: 'Desert Golfing' Is 'Angry Birds' as Modern Art|Alec Kubas-Meyer|January 2, 2015|DAILY BEAST
And to tell the truth, she couldn't help wishing he could see, so he could make the game livelier.The Tale of Grandfather Mole|Arthur Scott Bailey
Jean clung to his English nurse, who played the fascinating game of pretending to eat his hand.The Joyous Adventures of Aristide Pujol|William J. Locke
Two many-branched candelabra, holding wax lights, brilliantly illuminate the game.
The unhappy applicant was naturally obliged to temporarily retire from the game, at all events for that night.
His head fell back limp on MacRae's arm, and the rest of the message went with the game old Dutchman across the big divide.Raw Gold|Bertrand W. Sinclair
British Dictionary definitions for game (1 of 2)
- wild animals, including birds and fish, hunted for sport, food, or profit
- (as modifier)game laws
Derived forms of gamegamelike, adjective
Word Origin for game
British Dictionary definitions for game (2 of 2)
Word Origin for game
Other Idioms and Phrases with game
In addition to the idioms beginning with game
- game is not worth the candle, the
- game is up, the
- game that two can play, that's a
- ahead of the game
- at this stage (of the game)
- badger game
- beat someone at his or her own game
- call someone's bluff (game)
- confidence game
- end game
- fair game
- fun and games
give away (the game)losing battle (game)name of the gameonly game in townplay a waiting gameplay gamesplay the gamewaiting gamewhole new ball game.