The Many Meanings of the Word 'Game'

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The following idioms and expressions use 'game'. Each idiom or expression has a definition and two example sentences to help understand these common idiomatic expressions.

Ahead of the Game

Definition: To have an advantage over a situation

  • I need to get up early to keep ahead of the game.
  • Try studying 30 minutes before you go to bed to stay ahead of the game in math.
  • Can you give me any tips so I can keep ahead of the game at work?

    At This Stage of the Game

    Definition: At a certain point in a process

    • I think you should talk to a lawyer at this stage of the game.
    • He feels like he's sure to win at this stage of the game.
    • I'm not sure we're ready to launch the product at this stage of the game. 

    Fair Game

    Definition: Something that is allowed to take advantage of

    • I think it's fair game to enter that market.
    • She told me her friend wasn't fair game.
    • I've decided to not focus on that region. It's fair game if you want to take over.

    Fun and Games

    Definition: Enjoyable activities

    • You know working at a newspaper isn't all fun and games.
    • Let's make sure to enjoy the fun and games before we leave.
    • I think he was surprised that the new job wasn't all fun and games. 

    Game That Two Can Play

    Definition: Used generally to refer to a negative tactic that someone could also use to compete

    • You know that's a game that two can play. If you try it, I'll do the same to you.
    • She doesn't realize that she's playing a game that two can play. It will come back to bite her.
    • He warned me that my ratting her out to the teacher was a game two could play. 

    Give the Game Away

    Definition: Reveal a secret

    • If I tell you our plans, I'll give the game away.
    • He gave the game away when he said that he had been in New York on business.
    • Don't give the game away! We'll never get ahead if you tell everybody before we've even begun!

    Name of the Game

    Definition: The type of activity mentioned

    • Winning at any cost is the name of the game in finding a job these days.
    • Do you really think that being completely dishonest is the name of the game?
    • She feels that making the right connections is the name of the game in Hollywood. 

    New Ball Game

    Definition: A new situation

    • I think we've just entered a whole new ball game with that deal!
    • Remember that Chicago is a completely new ball game. It'll be very challenging.
    • Now that we've moved to Seattle, you'll have to remember that it's a whole new ball game. You can do anything you want.

    The Game Is Up

    Definition: The situation is lost and has a negative outcome

    • I realized the game was up and packed my bags to come home and start again.
    • She told him the game was up and that she was moving out.
    • Well, the game is up and we're going to have to close down the company. 
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    Beare, Kenneth. "The Many Meanings of the Word 'Game'." ThoughtCo, Dec. 29, 2017, thoughtco.com/idioms-and-expressions-game-1212323. Beare, Kenneth. (2017, December 29). The Many Meanings of the Word 'Game'. Retrieved from https://www.thoughtco.com/idioms-and-expressions-game-1212323 Beare, Kenneth. "The Many Meanings of the Word 'Game'." ThoughtCo. https://www.thoughtco.com/idioms-and-expressions-game-1212323 (accessed February 20, 2018).