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Meaning of ball game

ball' game"

Pronunciation: [key]
  1. any game played with a ball, esp. baseball or softball.
  2. a situation and all its attendant circumstances:Cf. new ball game. Having a new administration in power changes the entire ball game at city hall.
  3. 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.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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