best (out) of three (five, seven, etc.)

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Definition of best (out) of three (five, seven, etc.)

used to say that the winner of a series of games will be the one who has won the most times after three (five, seven, etc.) games have been played

Word by Word Definitions

best play
  1. : superlative of good

  2. : excelling all others

  3. : most productive of good : offering or producing the greatest advantage, utility, or satisfaction

  1. : superlative of well

  2. : in the best (see 1best) way : to greatest advantage

  3. : most

  1. : the best (see 1best) state or part

  2. : one that is best

  3. : the greatest degree of good or excellence

  1. : to get the better of : outdo

  1. : had best (see 2best 1)

out play
  1. : in a direction away from the inside or center

  2. : outside

  3. : from among others

  1. : eject, oust

  2. : to identify publicly as being such secretly

  3. : to become publicly known

  1. used as a function word to indicate an outward movement

  1. : situated outside : external

  2. : out-of-bounds

  3. : situated at a distance : outlying

  1. : outside

  2. : one who is out of office or power or on the outside

  3. : an act or instance of putting a player out or of being put out in baseball

  1. : in a manner that exceeds or surpasses and sometimes overpowers or defeats

three play
  1. : a number that is one more than 2 — see Table of Numbers

  2. : the third in a set or series

  3. : something having three units or members

five play
  1. : a number that is one more than four — see Table of Numbers

  2. : a British handball game

  3. : the fifth in a set or series

seven play
  1. : a number that is one more than six — see Table of Numbers

  2. : the seventh in a set or series

  3. : something having seven units or members


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