match·​up | \ ˈmach-ˌəp How to pronounce matchup (audio) \

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a boxing matchup that promises to be a sportswriter's dream
Recent Examples on the Web The Aggies are going to be able to move the ball on the ground and probably will find at least one matchup to exploit in the passing game. Christopher Smith, al, "Florida vs. Texas A&M betting line, picks, odds and predictions," 9 Oct. 2020 Week 5 of the 2020 NFL season gets started Thursday night with a great matchup of 3-1 NFC teams as the Chicago Bears host Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Tim Bielik, cleveland, "Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Chicago Bears: How to watch free live streams, TV options, live updates, odds (10/8/20) | Tom Brady," 8 Oct. 2020 Despite the Ravens’ previously low rankings against the position, there’s no reason not to be bullish on Bullock in a contentious division matchup. Phil Thompson,, "Fantasy football lineups for Week 5: Start Kenyan Drake and sit Myles Gaskin," 8 Oct. 2020 Hitting more home runs in the regular season doesn’t always carry over into a short postseason matchup, however. Jared Diamond, WSJ, "Who Wins in October? Teams That Don’t Strike Out," 8 Oct. 2020 With its ability to alter tempo and run out of a variety of formations, the Ole Miss offense will provide a much more difficult matchup for Alabama and Saban's defense than Texas A&M, which is more vanilla in comparison. Erick Smith, USA TODAY, "The five biggest questions for Week 6 in college football," 8 Oct. 2020 Such turmoil would make the prospect of holding an interstate matchup an impossibility, right? Greg Riddle, Dallas News, "Texas high school football central: Game previews, predictions and storylines to know for Dallas-area games," 7 Oct. 2020 With the Ravens' strong secondary, their defense’s most important matchup will come up front. Jonas Shaffer,, "Ravens film study: Gus Edwards' unlikely advances, stopping Joe Burrow and more," 7 Oct. 2020 And after three straight trips to Seattle, Vikings fans will be happy to know the 2021 game between the two teams — as well as a potential 2022 matchup — would be at U.S. Bank Stadium. Ben Goessling, Star Tribune, "NFL gets stricter on protocols, meaning more adjustments for Vikings and other teams," 7 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of matchup

1959, in the meaning defined above

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“Matchup.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Oct. 2020.

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