Definition of “the name of the game” - English Dictionary

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“the name of the game” in British English

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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.

(Definition of “the name of the game” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“the name of the game” in American English

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the name of the game

the main purpose of an activity:

In professional sports, winning is the name of the game.

(Definition of “the name of the game” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)