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  • adj. competing in a game, with a chance of winning.
  • adj. Used other than as an idiom: in the game.


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  • In Game 6 in Chicago, the Bulls were still in the game in the fourth period, trailing 81-79 with about eight minutes left, when Detroit guard Joe Dumars pick-pocketed Jordan as he drove to the basket.

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  • Adding to this theater of the bizarre, later in the game Garcia, scaled the right-field wall and joined reliever Jeff Nelson in a fight with a member of the Red Sox grounds crew.

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  • Considering the fact that a bad-kneed Buckner was in the game at that point was incomprehensible, though one might say that Red Sox Manager John McNamara was trying to repay Buckner for his outstanding career by leaving him in the game.

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  • I had another expedient, not less solid, in the game of chess, to which I regularly dedicated, at Maugis, the evenings on which I did not go to the theatre.

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  • Aside from Stuey, the other participants in the game that night included Doyle Brunson, Chip Reese, and Johnny Chan.

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  • Algerian coach Rabah Saadane made an inspired substitution at the start of extra time, bringing on Bouazza for Mourad Meghni and the Blackpool midfielder put the Algerians ahead for the first time in the game with a header three minutes after the restart.

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  • Pratt & Whitney, a unit of United Technologies Corp., has recently gotten back in the game after several years on the sidelines, with a new engine that is being offered on the C-Series and the A320neo.

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  • With the ball now in play, Rod Hundley, in the game to handle the ball, dribbled quickly to his right.

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  • Hurling a complete game five-hit shutout, he never let the Cardinals in the game as he made it look too easy.

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  • After LaRussa froze up in Game 2 of the 1990 World Series, leaving the struggling Bob Welch in the game too long, Bill Conlin cracked, “If Will writes a sequel, perhaps he should call it Men Asleep On The Job.”

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