Games is like:
1.activity or sport [countable]
a) an activity or sport in which people compete with each other according to agreed rules
computer/card/ball etc game
Dan's never liked card games.
We used to play games like draughts or chess.
You'll have to explain the rules of the game.
b) an occasion when a game is played [↪ match]:
Did you see the game on TV last night?
England's World Cup game against Holland
game of cards/tennis etc
How about a game of chess?
win/lose a game
They've won their last three games.
home game (=played at a team's own sports field)
away game (=played at an opposing team's sports field)
➔ ball game, board game, video game, war game
a) a large organized sports event:
the Olympic Games
b) British English organized sports as a school subject or lesson [= P.E.]:
We have games on Thursdays.
a games lesson
3.part of a match [countable] one of the parts into which a single match is divided, for example in tennis or bridge1 (4):
Graf leads, two games to one.
4.children [countable] a children's activity in which they play with toys, pretend to be someone else etc
a game of hide-and-seek
The boys were playing a game in the backyard.
5.skill somebody's game how well someone plays a particular game or sport
improve/raise your game
Liam's taking lessons to improve his game.
the strongest aspect of his game
6.give the game away to spoil a surprise or secret by doing or saying something that lets someone guess what the secret is:
Lynn gave the game away by laughing when Kim walked in.
7.beat somebody at their own game also play somebody at their own game British English to beat someone or fight back against them by using the same methods that they use
8not serious be a game to be something that you do to enjoy yourself rather than for a serious purpose:
It's just a game to them. They don't care what happens.
9.play games (with somebody)
a) to behave in a dishonest or unfair way in order to get what you want:
Are you sure he's really interested, and not just playing silly games with you?
b) to not be serious about doing something:
We want a deal. We're not interested in playing games.
10.animals/birds [uncountable] wild animals, birds, and fish that are hunted for food, especially as a sport:
➔ big game
11.the only game in town used to say that something is the only possible choice in a situation:
The Church of England is no longer the only game in town.
12.business [singular] informal an area of work or business:
I've been in this game for over 10 years.
13.what's her/your etc game? British English spoken used to ask what the true reason for someone's behaviour is:
Reg is being very nice all of a sudden. What's his game?
14.the game's up spoken used to tell someone that something wrong or dishonest that they have done has been discovered:
Come out, Don. The game's up.
15.a game of chance a game in which you risk money on the result:
Poker is a game of chance.
16.somebody got game American English informal used to say that someone is very skilful at doing something, especially a sport
17.be on the game British English informal to be a prostitute
18.game on spoken said when the balance of a sports match or competition changes, and both sides suddenly have a chance of winning
19.game over informal said to emphasize that an event or activity is completely finished
20.make game of somebody old-fashioned to make fun of someone
➔ fair game ➔ fun and games at fun1 (5) ➔ the name of the game at name1 (10) ➔ a mug's game at mug1 (5)
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