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ball game

also ball·game (bôl′gām′)
n.
1.
a. Any of various games, such as baseball, played with a ball.
b. A game with religious and political significance in some pre-Columbian societies of Mesoamerica, southwestern North America, and the Caribbean, played with a rubber ball in a walled court.
2. Slang
a. A competition: "But in the winner-take-all world of politics, the contest for the undecided 2 or 3 percent can be the whole ballgame" (Brad Edmondson).
b. A particular condition, situation, or set of circumstances.

ball game

n
1. any game played with a ball
2. (Baseball) US and Canadian a game of baseball
3. a situation; state of affairs (esp in the phrase a whole new ball game)

ball′ game`


n.
1. any game played with a ball.
2. a situation and all its attendant circumstances.
[1840–50, Amer.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.ball game - a field game played with a ball (especially baseball)ball game - a field game played with a ball (especially baseball)
field game - an outdoor game played on a field of specified dimensions
baseball, baseball game - a ball game played with a bat and ball between two teams of nine players; teams take turns at bat trying to score runs; "he played baseball in high school"; "there was a baseball game on every empty lot"; "there was a desire for National League ball in the area"; "play ball!"
close - change one's body stance so that the forward shoulder and foot are closer to the intended point of impact
Translations

ball game

n (gen) → gioco con la palla (Am) → partita di baseball
it's a whole new ball game (fam) → è un altro paio di maniche
References in classic literature ?
urged the professor, much as one boy might urge another to take part in a ball game.
Ajmal Farooqi said that in order to promote Foot Ball game and to arrange events - Tournaments and for other activities, all resources will be utilized, The City of Quaid will be made the City of Foot Ball Game, He said that despite un-avoidable circumstances the women foot ball players are working hard for the progress and development of the women foot ball games.
fit out of this new gym is now required and includes but is not limited to procurement of equipment for use in gymnastics, wall mounted basketball units, posts and netting for various ball games and fit out a new fitness suite.
If they want us to lose ball games, then let us lose that ball game in a proper way,' Fernandez told the media.
Belfast's Writers Square will be transformed into a five-a-side pitch for the city's first Bubble Ball Games.
No Ball Games was removed legally by Sincura with the consent of the property owner whose wall it adorned in Tottenham High Road.
Lynda Burton, chairman of the Bedworth Society, said: "In several Victorian newspapers, we have found references to ball games taking place in Collycroft and Nuneaton but the one in Atherstone is still played every year and has survived for more than 800 years.
Polluted playing field may be shut WALSALL'S new leisure chief has vowed to get a contaminated playing field re-opened for ball games after a seven-year delay - or closed off altogether.
FAMILIES say it's no surprise they live in one of the country's fattest places when the council has outlawed ball games at a park - for health and safety reasons.
The project, which comprises the organisation of paint ball games by a group of four students from DMES, will be showcased at the event being held under the patronage of HH Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Executive Council.
The paucity of exciting football is an opportunity for us to branch out and enjoy other ball games.
David Brown, who started proceedings this year, said: "I've never missed a ball game in all my life, so we're talking about 60-plus ball games at this point in time.