Definition of the name of the game in English:

the name of the game

phrase

informal
  • The main purpose or most important aspect of a situation.

    ‘the name of the game is short-term gain’
    • ‘For the thrifty, there are smaller lanes branching off, where no goods carry price tags and bargaining is the name of the game.’
    • ‘Designs may then be further refined to optimize how much product can fit on a pallet, flat pack being the name of the game.’
    • ‘They discovered that multiplication was the name of the game because the school struggled to accommodate all the baby gerbils produced.’
    • ‘His idea of ridding the streets of crime involves killing criminals who get in his way - shoot and ask questions later seems to be the name of the game.’
    • ‘If familiarity breeds contempt, and change is the name of the game, then how to turn the anti-incumbency in its face?’
    • ‘Power is pandered to and pragmatism becomes the name of the game.’
    • ‘Limits, bans and prohibitions are the name of the game in construction and transport, just as they are in matters to do with smoking and obesity.’
    • ‘‘I know it puts pressure on them saying it publicly but pressure is the name of the game,’ he said.’
    • ‘Innovation is the name of the game and so you have jewellery designers coming up with newer designs, albeit based on old styles.’
    • ‘The lesson is clear - don't take your seats for granted, especially in a province where swing is the name of the game.’