: a golf match in which the best individual score of one partnership is matched against the best individual score of another partnership for each hole

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Thompson entered this week with a record of 7-3-1, 7-2-0 in four-ball matches and 0-1-1 in singles, during the past three versions of the event. Marisa Ingemi, San Francisco Chronicle, 4 May 2023 The Mavericks will have a 3% chance of those 1,000 four-ball number combinations to move up to No. 1, a 3.3% chance at No. 2, a 3.6% chance at No. 3 and a 4% chance at No. 4. Callie Caplan, Dallas News, 2 May 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1904, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of four-ball was in 1904

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Cite this Entry

“Four-ball.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Jun. 2023.

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