a (whole) new ballgame

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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.
See also: ballgame, new

a whole new ball game

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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

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

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

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
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It's a whole new ballgame," Republican Senator John Thune said of the White House race after Romney's performance.
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