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game plan

  
     ( game plans    plural  ) , game-plan  
1       n-count   In sport, a team's game plan is their plan for winning a match.  
usu poss N  
Leeds kept quiet, stuck to their game plan and quietly racked up the points.     
2       n-count   Someone's game plan is the actions they intend to take and the policies they intend to adopt in order to achieve a particular thing.  
oft poss N  
If he has a game plan for winning the deal, only he understands it..., He is unlikely to alter his game plan.     
Translation English Cobuild Collins Dictionary  
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game     ( games    plural  )
1       n-count   A game is an activity or sport usually involving skill, knowledge, or chance, in which you follow fixed rules and try to win against an opponent or to solve a puzzle.  
...the wonderful game of football., ...a playful game of hide-and-seek., ...a video game.     
2       n-count   A game is one particular occasion on which a game is played.   (=match)  
It was the first game of the season..., He regularly watched our games from the stands..., We won three games against Australia.     
3       n-count   A game is a part of a match, for example in tennis or bridge, consisting of a fixed number of points.  
She won six games to love in the second set., ...the last three points of the second game.     
4       n-plural   Games are an organized event in which competitions in several sports take place.  
...the 2000 Olympic Games at Sydney.     
5       n-plural   Games are organized sports activities that children do at school.  
  (BRIT)   (=sport)  
At his grammar school he is remembered for being bad at games but good in debates.     
6       n-sing   Someone's game is the degree of skill or the style that they use when playing a particular game.  
usu poss N  
Once I was through the first set my game picked up.     
7       n-count   You can describe a situation that you do not treat seriously as a game.  
Many people regard life as a game: you win some, you lose some...     
8       n-count   You can use game to describe a way of behaving in which a person uses a particular plan, usually in order to gain an advantage for himself or herself.  
usu with supp  
Until now, the Americans have been playing a very delicate political game.     
9       n-uncount   Wild animals or birds that are hunted for sport and sometimes cooked and eaten are referred to as game.  
...men who shot game for food.     
10       adj   If you are gamefor something, you are willing to do something new, unusual, or risky.  
v-link ADJ, oft ADJ to-inf, ADJ for n  
After all this time he still had new ideas and was game to try them..., He said he's game for a similar challenge next year.     
11   
    gamely  
12    If someone or something gives the game away, they reveal a secret or reveal their feelings, and this puts them at a disadvantage.  
give the game away      phrase   V inflects  
The faces of the two conspirators gave the game away.     
13    If you are new to a particular game, you have not done a particular activity or been in a particular situation before.  
new to a game      phrase   v-link PHR  
Don't forget that she's new to this game and will take a while to complete the task.     
14    If you beat someone at their own game, you use the same methods that they have used, but more successfully, so that you gain an advantage over them.  
at their own game      phrase   PHR after v  
He must anticipate the maneuvers of the other lawyers and beat them at their own game..., The police knew that to trap the killer they had to play him at his own game.     
15    If you say that someone is playing games or playing silly games, you mean that they are not treating a situation seriously and you are annoyed with them.  
playing games      phrase   V inflects     (disapproval)    `Don't play games with me' he thundered..., From what I know of him he doesn't play silly games.     
16    If you say that someone has raised their game, you mean that they have begun to perform better, usually because they were under pressure to do so.  
someone has raised their game      phrase  
The world No. 9 had to raise his game to see off a strong challenge from Dale..., As it expands its services around the continent, the competition it offers should force the other airlines to raise their game.     
17    If you say the game is up, you mean that someone's secret plans or activities have been revealed and therefore must stop because they cannot succeed.  
the game is up      phrase   V inflects  
Some thought they would hold out until Sunday. The realists knew that the game was already up.     


arcade game        ( arcade games    plural  ) An arcade game is a computer game of the type that is often played in amusement arcades.      n-count  
ball game        ( ball games    plural  ) , ballgame  
1       n-count   Ball games are games that are played with a ball such as tennis, baseball, and football.  
usu pl  
2       n-count   A ball game is a baseball match.  
  (AM)  
I'd still like to go to a ball game.     
3       n-sing   You can use ball game to describe any situation or activity, especially one that involves competition.     (JOURNALISM, SPOKEN)  
Two of his biggest competitors are out of the ball game.      If you say that a situation is a new ball game, you mean that it is completely different from, or much more difficult than, the previous situation or any situation that you have experienced before.  
new ball game      phrase  
He finds himself faced with a whole new ball game.     
big game     
Large wild animals such as lions and elephants that are hunted for sport are often referred to as big game.      n-uncount  
board game        ( board games    plural  ) , board-game   A board game is a game such as chess or backgammon, which people play by moving small objects around on a board.      n-count  
...a new board game played with dice.     
card game        ( card games    plural  ) A card game is a game that is played using a set of playing cards.      n-count  
computer game        ( computer games    plural  ) A computer game is a game that you play on a computer or on a small portable piece of electronic equipment.      n-count  
confidence game        ( confidence games    plural  ) A confidence game is the same as a confidence trick.  
  (mainly AM)      n-count  
fair game     
If you say that someone is fair game, you mean that it is acceptable to criticize or attack them, usually because of the way that they behave.      n-uncount  
Politicians were always considered fair game by cartoonists.     
game bird        ( game birds    plural  ) Game birds are birds which are shot for food or for sport.      n-count   usu pl  
game park        ( game parks    plural  ) A game park is a large area of land, especially in Africa, where wild animals can live safely.      n-count   (=game reserve)  
game plan        ( game plans    plural  ) , game-plan  
1       n-count   In sport, a team's game plan is their plan for winning a match.  
usu poss N  
Leeds kept quiet, stuck to their game plan and quietly racked up the points.     
2       n-count   Someone's game plan is the actions they intend to take and the policies they intend to adopt in order to achieve a particular thing.  
oft poss N  
If he has a game plan for winning the deal, only he understands it..., He is unlikely to alter his game plan.     
game reserve        ( game reserves    plural  ) A game reserve is a large area of land, especially in Africa, where wild animals can live safely.      n-count   (=game park)  
game show        ( game shows    plural  ) Game shows are television programmes on which people play games in order to win prizes.      n-count  
Being a good game-show host means getting to know your contestants.     
numbers game  
1       n-sing   If you say that someone is playing thenumbers game, you think that they are concentrating on the aspects of something which can be expressed in statistics, usually in order to mislead people.,   (disapproval)    Regrettably, he resorts to the familiar numbers game when he boasts that fewer than 300 state enterprises currently remain in the public sector.     
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    number  
parlour game        ( parlour games    plural  )
in AM, use parlor game      A parlour game is a game that is played indoors by families or at parties, for example a guessing game or word game.      n-count  
power game        ( power games    plural  ) You can refer to a situation in which different people or groups are competing for power as a power game, especially if you disapprove of the methods they are using in order to try to win power.      n-count   oft adj N  
...the dangerous power games in the Kremlin following Stalin's death.     
video game        ( video games    plural  ) A video game is a computer game that you play on your television or on a similar device.      n-count  
waiting game        ( waiting games    plural  ) If you play a waiting game, you deal with a situation by deliberately doing nothing, because you believe you will gain an advantage by acting later, or because you are waiting to see how other people are going to act.      n-count   usu sing  
He's playing a waiting-game. He'll hope to hang on as long as possible until the pressure is off.     
war game        ( war games    plural  )
1       n-count   War games are military exercises that are carried out for the purpose of training, and that are designed to imitate a real war as closely as possible.  
usu pl  
2       n-count   A war game is a game in which model soldiers are used to recreate battles that happened in the past. War games can also be played on computers.  
zero-sum game     
If you refer to a situation as a zero-sum game, you mean that if one person gains an advantage from it, someone else involved must suffer an equivalent disadvantage.      n-sing  
They believe they're playing a zero-sum game, where both must compete for the same paltry resources.     

Translation English Cobuild Collins Dictionary  

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game         

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      n  
1    amusement, distraction, diversion, entertainment, frolic, fun, jest, joke, lark, merriment, pastime, play, recreation, romp, sport  
2    competition, contest, event, head-to-head, match, meeting, round, tournament  
3    adventure, business, enterprise, line, occupation, plan, proceeding, scheme, undertaking  
4    chase, prey, quarry, wild animals  
5      (informal)   design, device, plan, plot, ploy, scheme, stratagem, strategy, tactic, trick  
6    make (a) game of      deride, make a fool of, make a laughing stock, make a monkey of, make fun of, make sport of, mock, poke fun at, ridicule, send up     (Brit. informal)  
  
Antonyms     
   business, chore, duty, job, labour, toil, work  

English Collins Dictionary - English synonyms & Thesaurus  

Collaborative Dictionary     English Cobuild
n.
a person who hunts wild animals
HUNTING
id.
be more successful than others in a competitive situation or do things in advance in order to succeed in a competition.
That basketball team was ahead of the game that is why they won!
n.
A plan done for something bad or illegal.
I will never scheme in the future because it is a bad thing to do.
n.
a strategy video game originary from Japan, published by Nintendo. Now it is very popular everywhere around the world.
The name Pokémo ncomes from the words Pocket Monsters
n.
transformation of a story or a product in a game
v.
to dress up as somebody or something, as a children's game
n.
game of power inside a company's board or management team
[Leg.];[Bus.]
n.
The non-gaming internet shop refers to a place where the game sites are blocked or not installed on all computer units.
exp.
a modern version of the popular saying "killing two birds with one stone" derived from the popular video game "angry birds."
id.
Used to express one's enthusiasm about a new person, or a new thing such as an idea, plan, invention or innovation
The way she goes on about him!; you'd think he was the greatest thing since sliced bread / Wow! this video game is the best thing since sliced bread!
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