Definition of a different (or whole new) ball game in English:

a different (or whole new) ball game

phrase

informal
  • A situation that is completely different from a previous one:

    ‘making the film was a whole new ball game for her’
    • ‘If the government tries that trick, then we're in a whole new ball game.’
    • ‘Then we're in a whole new ball game and all bets are off: for the next few minutes, ‘Best Picture’ is suddenly wide open.’
    • ‘Now if they are suddenly wronged or something derogatory is said about them, as in Faldo's case, then it is a whole new ball game.’
    • ‘I think when the Lennons were there, it was a different ball game.’
    • ‘She's very wary of him, George, this interview is a whole new ball game from the one with Podge earlier on.’
    • ‘Once you start changing the whole ecosystem, the community structures and sizes, you've got a whole new ball game.’
    • ‘That policy has been effective for more than 25 years, but now that the megacity's suburban councillors are making decisions for the central city, it's a new ball game.’
    • ‘I know it's going to be very different when I go out on the market, which I will probably be doing soon, but I know it's going to be a whole new ball game.’
    • ‘I have no children of my own so this is a whole new ball game for me.’
    • ‘However, the introduction of politics, instead of safety concerns, as grounds for reasonable refusal is a whole new ball game.’
    • ‘Once you put your foot on a links, golf is a whole new ball game.’
    • ‘‘This was a whole new ball game and a whole new lifestyle,’ he said later.’
    • ‘The new-style number plates have opened up a whole new ball game for collectors of personalised registrations.’
    • ‘And when you can slip on a headset and enjoy a lively shared experience in the comfort of your own home, well, that's a whole new ball game.’
    • ‘However the young filmmaker's second film ‘Little Terrorist’ was a different ball game altogether.’
    • ‘I think if he does, he's starting a whole new ball game as far as setting a precedent.’
    • ‘Slowly the ratings shifted, and again it was a new ball game, and WCW's decreased production quality and management issues cause a major change.’
    • ‘For manager Billy Harty its very much a new ball game, and I suspect he will experience just how tough it can, and will, be over the coming months.’
    • ‘Now there is a whole new ball game and it is very tactful stuff.’
    • ‘Just as we were figuring out how to deal with ‘Cold War America’ the world changed and ‘Global America’ is going to be a whole new ball game.’