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playing field

n.
1. A field for games such as football and soccer, especially when marked according to specified dimensions according to the game's rules.
2. The conditions or circumstances in which competition takes place: a level playing field for all candidates.

playing field

n
(General Sporting Terms) chiefly Brit a field or open space used for sport

play′ing field`


n.
an expanse of level ground, as in a park or stadium, where athletic events are held.
[1575–85]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.playing field - the circumstances under which competition occurs; "the government's objective is to insure a genuinely level playing field for American industry and commerce in Europe"
circumstance - a condition that accompanies or influences some event or activity
2.playing field - a piece of land prepared for playing a gameplaying field - a piece of land prepared for playing a game; "the home crowd cheered when Princeton took the field"
scene of action, arena - a playing field where sports events take place
ball field, baseball field, diamond - the baseball playing field
court - a specially marked horizontal area within which a game is played; "players had to reserve a court in advance"
football field, gridiron - the playing field on which football is played
palaestra, palestra - a public place in ancient Greece or Rome devoted to the training of wrestlers and other athletes
sports stadium, stadium, arena, bowl - a large structure for open-air sports or entertainments
bowling green - a field of closely mowed turf for playing bowls
midfield - (sports) the middle part of a playing field (as in football or lacrosse)
References in classic literature ?
He was one of those who went straight from the playing fields to look for glory, wasn't he, Hugh?
Battle after battle, Magersfontein, Colenso, Spion Kop, lost on the playing fields of Eton, had humiliated the nation and dealt the death-blow to the prestige of the aristocracy and gentry who till then had found no one seriously to oppose their assertion that they possessed a natural instinct of government.
The other boys were flying around him now, flouting, scornful; and he staggered about the deck striking up at them impotently, his mind was no longer with them; it was slouching in the playing fields of long ago, or being sent up [to the headmaster] for good, or watching the wall-game from a famous wall.
I would emphasise that we want and need a new school but, with three alternative school sites in the area, I call upon Leighton Andrews AM to kick out this highly unpopular proposal to build on local playing fields.
SIR - Last weekend's fair on the Picton playing fields in Haverfordwest was, without a doubt a complete disaster, with the fair operators having to use heavy towing machinery to remove some of the rides off the field, and having to stop trading earlier than expected due to the appalling conditions.
READERS should be assured that the Department for Education and Skills does not allow the loss of school playing fields if they are needed by local schools or the community for sport - 'Playing fields sell-off threat' (Telegraph, April 10).
THE Government is moving the goalposts to make it appear fewer school playing fields are being sold off.
The scheme takes part of the playing fields at the Chetwyn Centre which have not been used for many years.
SAUGUS - The new Santa Clarita Central Park, touted for first-rate playing fields, also has some hidden treasures, a giant chessboard, walking trails and a pond.
NYSE: TXT) announced today that Jacobsen's European division, Ransomes Jacobsen, will provide turf care equipment to refurbish and transform the playing fields for the Federation Internationale de Football Association's (FIFA) World Cup tournament in June, to be held in Germany.
We believe that the improvement and protection of playing fields will help retain participants and achieve sustainable increases in participation.
SPORTS clubs in this area are getting a PS216,000 boost to improve their playing fields.