ballgame

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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ballgame

see whole new ballgame.

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