ball game

noun
1.
any game played with a ball, especially baseball or softball.
2.
Informal. a situation and all its attendant circumstances: Having a new administration in power changes the entire ball game at city hall. Compare new ball game.
3.
Archaeology. a ceremonial game of both ritual and sporting significance, played by teams on a ball court in Mesoamerican cultures from the Preclassic period to the Spanish conquest.
Also, ballgame.


Origin:
1840–50, Americanism

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ball game
 
n
1.  any game played with a ball
2.  (US), (Canadian) a game of baseball
3.  informal a situation; state of affairs (esp in the phrase a whole new ball game)

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If lower reproduction rate is linked to intelligence, that's the evolutionary ball game, right there.
Then ask them what feelings they get when they look at the flag or when they sing the national anthem at a ball game or elsewhere.
Also, piloting-wise this is an entirely different ball game without discipline.
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