(orig. US) a state of affairs, a situation.
|Naked on Roller Skates 127: Ain’ no double plays coming off in this ballgame, chicken.|
the definitive conclusion to something.
|Outrage: The Five Reasons Why O.J. Simpson Got Away With Murder [Internet] If your blood is found at the murder scene, as Simpson’s was conclusively proved to be by DNA tests, that’s really the end of the ball game.|
(US) a phr. meaning that’s it, no arguments accepted, forget it.
|Wayward Bus 164: There goes your ballgame.|
|Battle Cry (1964) 152: O.K., sister, that’s the ball game.|
|Proud Highway (1997) 290: That’s about the ballgame, McGarr.letter 19 Oct. in|
|Spook who Sat by the Door (1972) 6: A small shift and there goes the ball game.|
|Thief 7: Around the corner ... and that’s the ball-game!|
|Double Whammy (1990) 269: As soon as they spot those two guys, that’s the ball game.|
|Rent Boy 106: Guy’s got a knife, you might have a chance, but a gun, man, one bang and that’s the ballgame.|
|‘Ballgame’ [lyrics] Yeah when you realize it’s a pattern and not a phase, it’s what you’ve become and it’s what you will stay... that’s the ballgame.|
(orig. US) a radically new situation (to which one will be forced to adapt).
|N.Y. Times 14 Jan. 28: The first fish in constitutes a record and it’s a whole new ball game.|
|Realist Sept. 23/2: The statement was all ready when up stepped Sirhan Sirhan, and in ten seconds he made it a whole new ball game.|
|Shaft 31: Seeing him and going up against him is a new ball game.|
|Serial 86: ‘A viable alternative to the family unit’ was what Harvey called ‘a whole new ball game.’.|
|Picture Palace 142: It’s a different ball game altogether.|
|Homesickness (1999) 107: What our American friends, I think, call a ‘whole new ball game’. Dreadful expression.|
|Street Talk 2 174: ‘I’m glad we’ve finally agreed on which movie we’re going to see. Now suppose we invite Bob?’ ‘Wait! That’s a whole new ball game!’.|
|Guardian G2 6 Dec. 10: Night driving is a different ball game to cruising around in the day.|
|Source Aug. 32: You ain’t a lawyer no more, Dave; you a gangsta now. You on the other side. Whole new ballgame.|