Game changer

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Game changer is an idiom that has been in use since the late 1980s to early 1990s. 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.


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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