Definition of ball game in US English:

ball game


  • 1A game played with a ball.

    • ‘Rugby has copied too many faults of the round ball game and faking injury to get an opposition carded is one we can do without.’
    • ‘A turnover to Singh on the halfway line and a score from the fast break made it a one-point ball game with a little over 90 seconds to go.’
    • ‘The blanket television coverage now being given to the oval ball game has certainly attracted many new converts to the sport in rural areas.’
    • ‘The bonus ball game will start on Sunday the 5th of October in the Leitrim Bar, we would ask everyone to please give their support.’
    • ‘The affable Jim, who captained both East Kerry and UCC to county championship honours, has adapted to the small ball game with the greatest of ease.’
    • ‘The keynote address was provided by Scottish rugby's chief coach who enthused the shintymen present with insights from his years in the oval ball game.’
    • ‘They also have big youth memberships and an estimated 1500 youngsters are now playing the oval ball game in the county.’
    • ‘For instance the first ball game that we can find mention of is Te Sen which was played in China in about 350 years B. C.’
    • ‘And, I'll have you know, you are now reading the village champion of the knocking the skittles down with a cricket ball game!’
    • ‘According to David Block's new book Baseball Before We Knew It, the game may be traced to a continental ball game called la soule.’
    • ‘Bring a cheap ball game with you too, one of those fluorescent plastic frisbee-type games you can buy down the market for 99p, or from the shop on the promenade for £3.99.’
    • ‘On Memorial Day, much of the patrol force was busy at the parade or at a ball game at the Polo Grounds, or was enjoying a day off granted to veterans.’
    • ‘It only has one game which is pretty similar to the old pingpong ball game between two bats, with a twist.’
    • ‘My oldest, Livia, invented a ball game with a brilliant yet inexplicable title: ‘Starburn or Philosophy.’’
    • ‘It must not be allowed to be a ‘flash in the pan’ football victory but instead the start of a something big in the big ball game.’
    • ‘Money talks in rugby just as it does in the round ball game.’
    • ‘Activities at the camp include football, bowling, cricket and bocce, which is an Italian ball game played in the special Olympics.’
    • ‘Chabon weaves together those two myth-drenched cultures of America, the Indian and the ball game, and throws in an eco-fable too.’
    • ‘This may be the first huge step in rectifying the small ball game in a county where stones at the side of roads are reserved for footballers.’
    • ‘On it was played a ball game that resembled lacrosse.’
    the situation, the position, the picture, the state of affairs, the state of play, the lie of the land
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    1. 1.1North American A baseball game.
      ‘I took the afternoon off and went to a ball game’
      • ‘Blair sighed, but waited until they were inside and sitting in the living room checking the ball game scores before he continued.’
      • ‘He was in town with his wife, and they took in a minor league ball game earlier in the day.’
      • ‘Whenever we got one, Elaine would reward the person responsible with a $25 check, a gift certificate to a nail salon, or tickets to a ball game.’
      • ‘Before Miller, you could actually afford to go to a ball game.’
      • ‘I say we've seen only the first inning of the Internet ball game.’
      • ‘The Phillies' starters are not going to put a lot of fear into the opposing team, but they go out and compete and keep their team in every ball game.’
      • ‘We are gouged enough with the outrageous prices of going to a ball game.’
      • ‘Think about all those scrumptious Wheat Dogs at the ball game.’
      • ‘Never in my life have I had any desire to hear someone playing an organ anywhere else, but for some reason it just feels right at a ball game.’
      • ‘Otherwise you can pitch me every day if you feel I can help you win a ball game.’
      • ‘It didn't exactly live up to the hype in terms of classic showdowns, but it generated more than its share of heat, and a great ball game nonetheless.’
      • ‘I would take you to a movie or a ball game, but I'm stuck here.’
      • ‘But, man, I'm sure having trouble remembering the last time this team played a decent ball game.’
      • ‘So, you're going to a ticketed event, like a concert or a ball game.’
      • ‘‘I entered the ball game late for defense at first base, replacing Nate Colbert in the eighth inning’ Fairly, 65, said.’
      • ‘I had not played in a major league ball game since July 1952.’
      • ‘Albany is home to about the same number of people as you'd find at a poorly attended minor league ball game.’
      • ‘The first time the Giants came in that season, I hit a key home run off my friend, Jim Hearn, and won the ball game for our team.’
      • ‘He could spot mental mistakes and misjudgments in a ball game quicker than an airborne eagle catches sight of prey scurrying around on the ground.’
      • ‘If you go to the ball game, you don't need to read the game story.’
  • 2informal in singular A particular situation, especially one that is completely different from the previous situation.

    ‘making the film was a whole new ball game for her’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I think when the Lennons were there, it was a different 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘If the government tries that trick, then we're in a whole new ball game.’
    • ‘I think if he does, he's starting a whole new ball game as far as setting a precedent.’
    • ‘I have no children of my own so this is a whole new ball game for me.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She's very wary of him, George, this interview is a whole new ball game from the one with Podge earlier on.’
    • ‘However the young filmmaker's second film ‘Little Terrorist’ was a different ball game altogether.’
    • ‘Now there is a whole new ball game and it is very tactful stuff.’
    • ‘Once you put your foot on a links, golf is a whole new ball game.’
    • ‘Once you start changing the whole ecosystem, the community structures and sizes, you've got a whole 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.’
    • ‘‘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.’
    • ‘However, the introduction of politics, instead of safety concerns, as grounds for reasonable refusal is a whole new ball game.’


ball game

/ˈbôl ˌɡām//ˈbɔl ˌɡeɪm/