ball game


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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.
YOUNGSTERS YOUNG STERS in the Borders town of Jedburgh are up for the cup at the start of a traditional ball game.
RH ASHTON of Caerphilly (Feedback, March 26) should perhaps redirect his criticisms of rugby referees towards the behaviour of the pampered prima donnas (aka players) of the round ball game.
Noel Johnston will take pride of place in the town's Long Street next Tuesday, to signal the start of the centuries old Atherstone Ball Game - one of the quirkiest old traditions still observed in the Midlands.
The annual Shrove Tuesday ball game kicked off with the passing of the ball through a bull ring on the village green.
SOAKED in sweat and steaming with perspiration, Sean Glenn and Luke Riley shook hands and agreed to share victory in yesterday's Atherstone Ball Game.
The bases of the structures were found atop the walls of the long ceremonial court, where a ritual ball game was played.
OxiClean has teamed up with Laura Posada, wife of baseball player Jorge Posada, to entice Americans to explain why their hometown sports league needs help cleaning up their ball game.
But then again, the ancient Atherstone Ball Game is literally a whole new ball game compared to the task of trying to steer Atherstone Town to the Polymac Services Midland Alliance title.
That's the great prize on offer this week with a FREE go on Vernons new lucky numbers ball game 49s.
Billy Beane wouldn't play for one run; he would try to put pressure on the opponent by making the starting pitcher throw lots of pitches and by putting up multiple runs early in the ball game.