whole new ballgame, a

A completely altered situation, as in It will take a year to reassign the staff, and by then some will have quit and we'll have a whole new ballgame. This expression comes from baseball, where it signifies a complete turn of events, as when the team that was ahead falls behind. [Colloquial; 1960s]


Nearby words

  1. whole hog,
  2. whole kit and caboodle, the,
  3. whole language,
  4. whole megillah,
  5. whole milk,
  6. whole nine yards,
  7. whole nine yards, the,
  8. whole note,
  9. whole number,
  10. whole numbers

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