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.
During the visit of Aga Khan Gymkhana Garden she met the women foot ball players' She is fond of Foot Ball Game.
Obviously, it was a perfectly officiated ball game, you can't really question the obvious,' said Racela with a straight face but with a heavy tone of sarcasm after the KaTropa moved on the brink of elimination in the semis.
The annual Sedgefield ball game - played every Shrove Tuesday - took place yesterday with dozens of locals taking part.
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.
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.
Some studies have found fast ball game players have faster visually guided saccades and shorter latency of antisaccade task (Lenoir M, Crevits L, Goethals M, et al, 2000, Jafarzadehpur E, Aazami N, Bolouri B.
Like many a ball game, however, it doesn't start out well for the home team.