Game changer

Game changer is an idiom that has been in use since the late 1980s to early 1990s. An idiom is a figure of speech that is a word, group of words or phrase that has a figurative meaning that is not easily deduced from its literal definition. We will examine the expression game changer, where it came from and some examples of its use in sentences.

A game changer is something new that alters traditional procedures or concepts. A game changer may be a new person, idea, event or protocol that upends the established order. Something that is a game changer is radical and disruptive, usually in a positive way. The term game changer is a sports term that was adopted by the business community. Note that game changer is not hyphenated, the adjective form game-changing is hyphenated. Game changer was added to the Oxford English Dictionary in 2012.

Examples

Silk’n is trying to change all of that with their latest at-home device—the Infinity—that is a total game changer. (Forbes Magazine)

“This could be a game changer, because we discovered a fundamental mechanism by which brain cells are damaged in MS that couples inflammation with neurodegeneration,” Chris Power, neurologist, co-director of the University of Alberta MS Centre in Canada, and study lead author, said in a press release. (Multiple Sclerosis News Today)

Men with advanced prostate cancer will be refused a “game-changing” drug on the NHS, after a ruling by rationing watchdogs. (The Telegraph)

Connectivity offers a “game-changing” opportunity for India and Bangladesh and bilateral ties can act as a catalyst for strengthening regional and sub-regional cooperation, the Bangladeshi envoy here said today. (Businessworld)

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