match·​up | \-ˌəp \

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a boxing matchup that promises to be a sportswriter's dream

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Washington Nationals slugger Bryce Harper will take on Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman in an all-National League East matchup in the first round of the Home Run Derby on Monday night., "Harper headlines Home Run Derby field at Nationals Park," 11 July 2018 Remarkable to get such a riveting matchup this soon. Bruce Jenkins, San Francisco Chronicle, "The World Cup arrives, with its galaxy of stars," 13 June 2018 Gracenote has yet another statistic of note: There is a 35% chance that Brazil and Germany could meet again in Russia, with the two countries forming the second-most likely final matchup. Motez Bishara, CNN, "World Cup: Brazil needs to avoid another historical upset for redemption," 10 June 2018 Six women are running in the August primaries, setting up a likely all-female matchup. Thomas Beaumont And Melissa Daniels, The Christian Science Monitor, "Challenges lay ahead as more women than ever run for Senate," 30 May 2018 LeBron James will lead the Cavs to his eighth straight finals appearance, 4-1 -- Christopher Brito In the most anticipated playoff matchup, the Rockets will host the Warriors in a battle set to be defined by each team's offensive prowess. Justin Carissimo, CBS News, "How to watch NBA Playoffs 2018: Golden State Warriors vs. Houston Rockets," 26 May 2018 The decisive matchups In a constellation of talent taking the field, a few players stand out. Hayden Bird,, "What to know about the World Cup title match," 14 July 2018 Moscow Let’s be honest: Sunday’s matchup between France and Croatia isn’t the World Cup final anyone was hoping for. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "Croatia Eyes the Greatest Upset in World Cup History," 13 July 2018 The Week 2 matchup against the Detroit Lions would be Vick’s first start at quarterback since 2006, after jail time for his involvement in a dog-fighting ring kept him away from the sport. Katherine Fominykh,, "After mentoring Michael Vick, new Ravens quarterbacks coach James Urban getting Lamar Jackson up to speed," 13 July 2018

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1959, in the meaning defined above

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obstinately defiant of authority

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