Definitions for ball game
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
any game played with a ball.
a situation and all its attendant circumstances.
Category: Common Vocabulary, Informal
Origin of ball game:
ball game, ballgame(noun)
a field game played with a ball (especially baseball)
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
ball game(noun)æˈleɪ, ˈbæl eɪ
a game played with a ball, especially baseball
He went to a ball game.
ball gameæˈleɪ, ˈbæl eɪ
a completely different situation
Teaching high school is a whole new ball game.
Any game played with a ball.
A specific contest or match between teams playing such a game.