I've been reading a sentence as follows

The man carried the parcel in a funny way, he was actually making a game out of carrying the parcel.

I first thought the meaning is "Doing something in a funny, amusing way". But it was written at the starting of the sentence. Then, I found nothing so good on the web. I know the meaning of make game of. Please help.

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"make game of X" is an entirely different expression than "making a game (out) of X" .

  • "make game of X" , as your link suggests, makes X a subject/target of teasing/abuse. (atlhough, as brought up in comments, I do not personally find that a commonly heard expression - though I think I would understand it that way - perhaps it's a turn of words from back when "handicap" meant more what it does in golf? )

  • making ~a~ game ~ (out) of ~ X" . ~transforms~ an activity into a game(as in a contest created for the purpose of amusement). Informally the "out" might sometimes be omitted but it's meaning is still suggested.

  • I can’t speak for the British meaning but as an American I can say i’ve never heard of “make game of” to mean teasing or ridicule despite what Collins says. “Make fun of”, yes.
    – Jim
    Jan 27, 2018 at 19:02
  • @Jim . I'm not saying it is common, but the OP did provide a link and suggested he was familiar with the term. Yes "make fun of" is far more common to my ear, but there is also the similar contruct "make light of" . I think 'game' might play more on the "quarry of a hunt" as in "wild game". There is that aspect of the hunt which suggests done for diverting sport. I'd understand it that way even if I wouldn't use it myself.
    – Tom22
    Jan 27, 2018 at 19:18
  • but it is saying @Jim...it can't be wrong!...i love my collins
    – Selena
    Jan 27, 2018 at 21:13

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