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level the playing field

level the playing field

Date: Apr 11 2019

Themes: Celebrity, Pop Culture


1. Quote - Listen to the quote and guess what the slang means.

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“I’ve written a song about it and I’ve leveled the playing field.”

Singer Ed Sheeran, discussing a song he wrote about a mystery girl


1. Definition - Study the definition.

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strive for fairness; give the same opportunities to all

2. Use - Learn how the slang is used.

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Most of the time when you play sports, you want to be on the team that is stronger, faster, and all-around better. It’s natural to want to win, and having an athletic team is definitely important. However, if you’re just learning how to play a sport, having one very strong team and one very weak team isn’t much fun. Neither team will enjoy the game.

In order to help everyone get a chance to play, especially during practice, coaches try to level the playing field. They do this by splitting up the most talented players into two groups. That way, both teams have an equal number of players who play well and those who still need to improve. But when you level the playing field, you know that everyone will have to play hard. Both teams have the same amount of talent, so either side could win.

Singer Ed Sheeran said he leveled the playing field when he told fans he wrote a song about a mystery girl. Lots of people were making guesses about who the song was about. Although Ed didn’t tell anyone the girl’s name, he made the guessing game more fair by giving fans and reporters a hint.

When you play sports, do you level the playing field? What are other life situations where you need to level the playing field?


1. Examples - Hear some example sentences.

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“It’s important to level the playing field by giving all children a chance to go to college.”

“Government money can level the playing field for farmers when they have a bad year.”

“It can help to level the playing field when cities make the internet available to everyone.”


1. Winners - See who guessed the slang definition correctly.

ropuszka situation that is fair to all, everybody has equal chances to win
by ropuszka
a2020 Do justice.
by a2020
to give everybody a fair chance
by sarasara1984

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I play badminton and in my club there is always a intent to split the team for a fair game

01:09 PM Apr 14 2019 |




If you’re a parent it’s important to give attention to every child while there are at least two of them in our family. So we obliged to level the playing field all the time being attentive to our kids.

09:29 AM May 07 2015 |

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it seems to be nice word- level the playing field. but life is not fair. Life just doesnt give chances to level the playing field to anyone

02:35 PM Sep 07 2014 |

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Iran, Islamic Republic Of

in my idea its fair

01:32 PM Sep 04 2014 |




This expression used to make no sense to me. Thanks to the persistence of my teacher at the Business English class, I know now that Americans love buzzwords like the one mentioned above. They truly believe buzzwords are essential to capture difficult business concepts.

The internet has leveled the playing field for many small businesses. Wishing everyone great success personally and professionally. Have fun on the playing field!

12:29 PM Sep 04 2014 |




As of now i have been noticing that most of the tv shows are levelling the playing field for singers and dancers as they are coming up with a lot of reality shows which provide a equal opporunity to all to prove themselves.

05:35 AM Sep 04 2014 |



It is important to level the playing field for exam, but sometimes a little of them cheat in it.

01:31 AM Sep 04 2014 |

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