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 ?
"Come on!" urged the professor, much as one boy might urge another to take part in a ball game. "Don't let my rival get ahead of me."
The call came from Speaking on Saturday after the 17th Edition of the National Special Needs School Ball Games Championship at Kaaga,
A Coatbridge councillor is aiming to kick "no ball games" signs into touch.
A Wishaw councillor is aiming to kick No Ball Games into touch.
Good on Dundee City Council who are planning to remove no ball games signs from green spaces.
Sergeant Neil Pearsall, who has been involved with the policing of Atherstone Ball Games for nearly two decades, stressed there was an acceptance a 'level of violence' is involved, but would liaise with Atherstone Town Council if issues do arise.
The awareness program in this connection will be very helpful to further enhance the foot ball games among the women foot ball players.
However, in time we will introduce Football and Hockey spot the ball games too.
Ruth Maguire said: "It's really sad to see a 'no ball games' sign, particularly on a piece of pristine grass perfect for playing on.
Banksy's signed print No Ball Games will be a highlight as well as two signed lithographs by Lowry, The Football Match, and The Viaduct.
'If they want us to lose ball games, then let us lose that ball game in a proper way,' Fernandez told the media.