name of the game

noun Informal.

the essential element, consideration, or ultimate purpose; key: Profit is the name of the game in business.

Nearby words

  1. name,
  2. name after,
  3. name day,
  4. name is mud, one's,
  5. name names,
  6. name of the game, the,
  7. name part,
  8. name syndrome,
  9. name tape,
  10. name the day

Origin of name of the game

First recorded in 1965–70 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019