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the name of the game

The most important aspect or component of something; the main point of an activity. Getting strike-outs is the name of the game when you're a pitcher. I hope you boys know that safety compliance is the name of the game around here. We don't tolerate any tomfoolery.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

name of the game

Inf. the way things are; the way things can be expected to be. The name of the game is money, money, money. I can't help it. That's the name of the game.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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The heart of the matter, the true purpose. The origin of this twentieth-century Americanism is uncertain, but Eric Partridge believed it came from sports, where either a coach or a sportswriter would say it in the sense of, “Scoring the most runs—that’s the name of the game” (i.e., the ultimate goal). A popular television series entitled The Name of the Game (1968–71), which was developed from a 1966 film, Fame Is the Name of the Game, helped the expression gain currency.
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