only game in town
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- (idiomatic, almost always preceded by the) The only opportunity, activity, or resource available.
1999 November, Rebecca Rohan, “Beyond the browser wars: Navigator and Explorer aren't the only games in town”, in Black Enterprise, volume 30, number 3, New York, N.Y.: Earl G. Graves Publishing, ISSN 0006-4165, page 48:
- If you surf the Web, chances are you're using some version of either Netscape Navigator or Microsoft Internet Explorer. […] But contrary to popular belief, they aren't the only games in town. While the two combatants offer great interfaces and features, there is something to be said for taking the road less traveled.
2007, Charles Taylor, “What is Secularity?”, in Kevin [Jon] Vanhoozer and Martin Warner, editors, Transcending Boundaries in Philosophy and Theology: Reason, Meaning and Experience (Transcending Boundaries in Philosophy and Theology), Aldershot, Hampshire; Burlington, Vt.: Ashgate Publishing, ISBN 978-0-7546-5318-9, page 69:
- Once myth and error are dissipated, these are the only games in town. The empirical approach is the only valid way of acquiring knowledge, and this becomes evident as soon as we free ourselves from the thraldom of a false metaphysics.
- ^ For example, see Upton Sinclair (March 1908), chapter 8, in The Metropolis, New York, N.Y.: Moffat, Yard & Company, OCLC 1925780: “It’s like the story they tell about my brother—he was losing money in a gambling-place in Saratoga, and some one said to him, ‘Davy, why do you go there—don’t you know the game is crooked?’ ‘Of course it’s crooked,’ said he, ‘but, damn it, it’s the only game in town!’”
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