a (whole) new ballgame

a (whole) new ballgame

A situation that is completely different from what one is used to or expecting. Living away from home is a whole new ballgame for most young adults. I used to babysit, but having a child of my own is a new ballgame.
See also: ballgame, new
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(whole) new ball game

Fig. a completely different situation; something completely different. Now that you're here, it's a whole new ball game. With a faster computer, it's a whole new ball game.
See also: ball, game, new
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

whole new ballgame, a

A completely altered situation, as in It will take a year to reassign the staff, and by then some will have quit and we'll have a whole new ballgame . This expression comes from baseball, where it signifies a complete turn of events, as when the team that was ahead falls behind. [Colloquial; 1960s]
See also: new, whole
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

a whole new ball game

or

a different ball game

If you describe a situation as a whole new ball game, or a different ball game, you mean that it is completely different from what came before. I'm working with kids now, which is a whole new ball game. If military force were to be used, then that would be a completely different ball game. Note: `Ball game' is often used in American English to refer to a game of baseball.
See also: ball, game, new, whole
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

a whole new ball game

a completely new set of circumstances. informal
The phrase originated in North America, where a ball game is a baseball match.
1989 Looks Making the film was a whole new ball game…for Kylie.
See also: ball, game, new, whole
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a (whole) different/new ˈball game

(informal) a completely different kind of situation: They used to go out every night, but now they’ve got a baby it’s a whole new ball game.
See also: ball, different, game, new
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

a whole new ball game

n. a completely different situation; something completely different. Now that you’re here, it’s a whole new ball game.
See also: ball, game, new, whole
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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