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the name of the game

Meaning: You can say something is the name of the game if it's the most important thing you need to know or to have in order to succeed at something.

For example:

  • In long-distance running, the name of the game is stamina and fitness. No matter how hard you try, if you haven't trained hard and become extremely fit, you cannot win.

  • The name of the game in the fashion industry is knowing the right people. Even if you have the best designs, you won't succeed unless the people who matter see them.

Quick Quiz:

Tiger says that in golf, the name of the game is
  1. knowing the right people
  2. wearing the right clothes
  3. keeping your concentration

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