name of the game, the

name of the game, the

The crux of the matter; also, the main goal. For example, Getting them to admit they're wrong-that's the name of the game, or Parents don't approve of a coach who insists that winning any way one can is the name of the game . This rhyming idiom uses name in the sense of "identity." [Mid-1900s]
See also: name, of