match play

noun

Definition of match play

: golf competition in which the winner is the person or team winning the greater number of holes — compare stroke play

Examples of match play in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The field was whittled down by two rounds of stroke play before match play began Wednesday. Julia Stumbaugh, azcentral, "Texas State's Evan White wins 95th Arizona Amateur Golf Championship," 3 Aug. 2019 Minnesota became the 27th state — Washington, D.C., has hosted too — with a U.S. men's national team match played within its borders. Dave Campbell, courant.com, "Newcomer Boyd gets 2 goals for US in 4-0 win over Guyana," 19 June 2019 There were 1,273 matches played among the two Life Time venues and the University of Minnesota. Gary Curreri, sun-sentinel.com, "Father-son duo bring back national racquetball doubles titles," 14 Nov. 2019 Both matches played between the teams this season ended in draws. Kevin Johnston, Indianapolis Star, "Indy Eleven to host Eastern Conference final after Tyler Pasher strike downs Nashville," 3 Nov. 2019 She was named the GNAC player of the week earlier this month after getting 17 kills in a three-set win over Western Oregon and 19 in a four-set win over Concordia-Portland in a pair of matches played in her home state of Oregon. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, "For UAA volleyball player Vanessa Hayes, change is the only constant," 21 Nov. 2019 The first few single-player matches played beautifully, with crisp, smooth graphics and controls that made quick special moves easy to pull off. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Google Stadia launch review: Gaming’s “future” looks rough in the present," 18 Nov. 2019 There were 1,273 matches played among the two Life Time venues and the University of Minnesota. Gary Curreri, sun-sentinel.com, "Father-son duo bring back national racquetball doubles titles," 14 Nov. 2019 The Timbers-Sounders rivalry has long been the fiercest rivalry in MLS, and games between the two sides are often some of the loudest matches played within the league. Jamie Goldberg, oregonlive.com, "Timbers Army stages protest at Timbers-Sounders game in response to MLS ban on ‘Iron Front’ symbol, political displays," 23 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of match play

1893, in the meaning defined above

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8 Jan 2020

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“Match play.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/match%20play. Accessed 20 January 2020.

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