playing field
noun Date: circa 1584 1. a field for various games; especially the part of a field officially marked off for play 2. a set of conditions for competition (as in business) — usually used in such phrases as a level playing field

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  • playing field — playing fields 1) N COUNT A playing field is a large area of grass where people play sports. ...the playing fields of the girls Grammar School. 2) PHRASE: N inflects You talk about a level playing field to mean a situation that is fair, because… …   English dictionary

  • playing field — n. 1. ground for playing games on, esp. as marked out for the playing of a particular game 2. a basis for competition or negotiation: usually characterized according to its relative fairness to both parties: a figurative use [a level playing… …   English World dictionary

  • playing field — n a large piece of ground with areas marked out for playing football, ↑cricket etc →level playing field at ↑level1 (8) …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • playing field — ► NOUN ▪ a field used for outdoor team games …   English terms dictionary

  • playing field — noun 1. the circumstances under which competition occurs the government s objective is to insure a genuinely level playing field for American industry and commerce in Europe • Hypernyms: ↑circumstance 2. a piece of land prepared for playing a… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Playing field — A playing field is a field used for playing sports or games. They are generally outdoors, but many large structures exist to enclose playing fields from bad weather. Generally, playing fields are wide expanses of grass, dirt or sand without many… …   Wikipedia

  • playing field — /ˈpleɪɪŋ fild/ (say playing feeld) noun 1. a field or open space used for sports, athletics, etc., especially by schools. –phrase 2. a level playing field, a situation in which the conditions and the opportunities to succeed are equal for all… …   Australian English dictionary

  • playing field — UK [ˈpleɪɪŋ ˌfiːld] / US [ˈpleɪɪŋ ˌfɪld] noun [countable] Word forms playing field : singular playing field plural playing fields a piece of land with lines marked on it where a particular sport is played • See: level III …   English dictionary

  • playing field — noun (C) a large piece of ground with particular areas marked out for playing football, cricket etc see also: level playing­field …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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