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

Examples of matchup in a Sentence

a boxing matchup that promises to be a sportswriter's dream
Recent Examples on the Web The Sun likely won’t be able to use the small guard lineups as much in their next matchup with the Atlanta Dream on Sunday (1 p.m., NBC Sports Boston) at Mohegan Sun Arena, especially after the 7-12 Dream upset Connecticut at home just eight days ago, 78-74. Emily Adams, Hartford Courant, 6 July 2024 The Heat inexplicably prioritized 35-year-old Kevin Love, who received only 31 minutes in the first round against Boston because of matchup issues, over Highsmith, who has the three-and-D skill set that’s more helpful against most of the teams that have passed the Heat in the standings. Barry Jackson, Miami Herald, 5 July 2024 The last six finals have had a new matchup each time. Ira Winderman, Sun Sentinel, 4 July 2024 The campaign has also been hit by external polling that has shown a sharper drop from Biden’s already poor standing in matchups with Trump and third-party candidates. Matt Viser, Washington Post, 3 July 2024 See all Example Sentences for matchup 

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Word History

First Known Use

1959, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of matchup was in 1959

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“Matchup.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jul. 2024.

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