Meaning of “playing field” in the English Dictionary

"playing field" in American English

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playing fieldnoun

us /ˈpleɪ·ɪŋ ˌfild/

playing field noun (PLACE FOR SPORTS)

[ C ] an open, outside area for sports, esp. one that is marked with lines for playing a sport

playing field noun (COMPETITION)

[ C usually sing ] a situation where there is competition:

All we ask is that there be a level playing field (= equal opportunities) for everyone bidding for the work.

(Definition of “playing field” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"playing field" in Business English

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playing fieldnoun [ S ]

uk us

a particular type of situation:

Globalization and nationalism are two of the most important forces that define the economic playing field of the 21st century.

(Definition of “playing field” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)