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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.
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a totally different ballgame

A situation that is completely different from what one is used to or expecting. Living away from home is a totally different ballgame for most young adults. I used to babysit, but having a child of my own is a totally different ballgame.

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
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The Tucson and Leiden symposium volumes show a new awareness of the complex nature of the Mesoamerican ballgame, and Fash's work at Copan provides an excellent case study in how its ritual architecture both embodies and illuminates the salient role that the game played in Maya civilisation.