a whole new ball game(redirected from a totally different ball game)
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.
a whole new ball gameor
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.
a whole new ball gamea 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.
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.