ball game

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ball game (plural ball games)

  1. Any game played with a ball.
    Basketball, cricket, and football are three kinds of ball game.
  2. A specific contest or match between teams playing such a game, in particular a baseball game.
    George and Harriet went to the stadium to see the ball game.
  3. (historical) A sport played in the Aztec and Mayan civilizations; Mesoamerican ballgame.
    The ball game was the main sport in Central America before the arrival of the Spanish.
  4. (figuratively) Affair, issue, matter, subject, story, topic.
    • 1983, Joseph Stinson, Sudden Impact, spoken by Captain Briggs (Bradford Dillman):
      Think things over, Callahan. Get with it. It's a whole new ball game these days.
  5. (figuratively, slang) A decisive outcome in regard to some ongoing situation; game over.
    If a U.S. presidential candidate receives 270 electoral votes, that's the ball game.