name of the game, the

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name of the game, the

The crux of the matter; also, the main goal. For example, Getting them to admit they're wrongthat's the name of the game, or Parents don't approve of a coach who insists that winning any way one can is the name of the game. This rhyming idiom uses name in the sense of "identity." [Mid-1900s]

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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