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English definition of “the name of the game”

the name of the game

informal
the most important part of an activity, or the quality that you most need for that activity: People say that in politics the name of the game is making the right friends.Important and essential thingsInformation and messages Grammar:Names and titles: addressing peopleWhen we talk to someone directly, we use names and titles:See more
(Definition of the name of the game from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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