new 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.
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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.
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This is a whole new ball game for rugby in South Africa, and we are proud to be trailblazers.
IT'S a whole new ball game for Tiger Woods as he and his two children catch up with Barcelona stars Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez.
If Theresa May wins a large majority in the election on June 8, it will most likely be the start of a whole new ball game.
IT would be fair to say that the Honda Civic was looking a little tired and jaded around the edges, but enter the all-new tenth generation model and it's a whole new ball game.
A WHOLE NEW BALL GAME IT'S still considered an unconventional interest in some circles, but gaming is now more popular than playing football, with 15% of respondents in a survey by AXA Insurance citing it as their main hobby, versus 13% for football, 8% for yoga and 6% for golf.
IT was a whole new ball game for Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho at Crystal Palace yesterday.
IT'S a whole new ball game for Coventry's Ricoh Arena - as rugby posts adorn the pitch.
5m) Players out: Junior Stanislas (Bournemouth, free), David Edgar (Birmingham, free), Chris Baird (West Brom, free) Key man: Danny Ings Chances: Sean Dyche's men drew a lot of plaudits for the manner in which they secured promotion alongside Leicester to return the Lancashire club to the Premier League after five years, but staying there will be a whole new ball game.
Karachi, June 20 ( ANI ): Pakistani international cricketer Junaid Khan is set towards a whole new ball game, marriage, as he surprised his fans with the news of his engagement and nikkah with 17-year-old Khansa Khan, which took place in England on June 18.
Obviously I have some kind of head start because I know how to perform and I know how to move in general, but the ballroom stuff is a totally new ball game," he explained.
Andrew Ely, Managing Director, Almondy commented: "The new regulations mean a major shake-up in how manufacturers provide allergen warnings, but it is a whole new ball game for the catering industry.
It was a whole new ball game for Andy, 26, after beating US rival Donald Young in straight sets in the first-round of the Davis Cup match.
He and the boys really like her and say that she's a sweet girl, but they also say that when she's had a drink it's a whole new ball game.
It's a whole new ball game since the breakup, especially when your son has no memory of life without you and his birth mother has a new partner who he doesn't care for.
Despite running out comfortable 5-1 winners at Emirates Stadium a fortnight ago to take charge of Group H, Wenger is all too aware the return encounter in Ukraine will be a whole new ball game.
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