- a game played with a ball; specif., a baseball game
- any contest
- Informal a set of circumstances: a different ballgame
(whole) new ballgame
Origin of ballgameuncertain or unknown; perhaps from use in baseball, as when a score has become tiedInformal
a situation changed so drastically as to need new approaches or solutions
the (whole) ballgameInformal
the main or decisive factor, event, etc.
- Alternative spelling of ball game.