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 Rather than cancelling all matches played within the 30-day suspension period, the USL Championship has opted to postpone respective contests to be rescheduled and completed at a later date. Rob Kleifield, azcentral, "Phoenix Rising players and supporters react on social media to temporary league suspension," 14 Mar. 2020 However, amid the outbreak, Serie A resumed this weekend with all matches played behind closed doors until at least April 3. Matias Grez, CNN, "Cristiano Ronaldo applauds imaginary fans as Serie A continues in empty stadiums due to coronavirus outbreak," 9 Mar. 2020 McCaw ended her Syracuse volleyball career ranked second in the school's all-time assists category, with 3,830, and second in most matches played, with 140, according to the university. Lucas Aulbach, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville Fire, U of L and others are 'reeling' after car crash kills 4 near St. Louis," 15 Feb. 2020 Not saying this is exactly what is going to happen in the Call of Duty League — there hasn’t been a match played yet — but the possibility for surprise teams that rise up and others that have issues is a scenario. Sean Collins, Dallas News, "Five Dallas Empire talking points ahead of Call of Duty League launch weekend: Atlanta, Chicago matches offer chance for statement," 22 Jan. 2020 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

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First Known Use of match play

1893, in the meaning defined above

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18 Mar 2020

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“Match play.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/match%20play. Accessed 30 Mar. 2020.

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