Definition of the Great Game in English:

the Great Game

phrase

  • 1Spying.

    • ‘There will certainly be a Great Game unless they make much clearer what their intentions are, and how long they intend to remain there.’
    • ‘The British fought Persia here in the 1850s when the Great Game with Russia was at its height.’
    • ‘Turkmenistan's presidential election, which was the first contested election in the former Soviet republic since it became an independent state, marks an important new stage in the emerging new Great Game in Central Asia.’
    • ‘But few take him seriously - or think that, just as the first Afghan war was a Great Game with Russia, the Nato deployment may end a Cold War with Iran.’
  • 2The rivalry between Britain and Russia in central Asia during the 19th century.