matchup

noun

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

Example Sentences

a boxing matchup that promises to be a sportswriter's dream
Recent Examples on the Web In the case of a head-to-head matchup between Trump and DeSantis, the former president still holds a 10-point advantage, 54% to 44%. Cami Mondeaux, Washington Examiner, 21 Jan. 2023 Bird will become just the second player in franchise history to have their number hung in the rafters during a pregame ceremony on Sunday, June 11 ahead of a matchup with the Washington Mystics. Lila Bromberg, Hartford Courant, 19 Jan. 2023 The magnitude of the upcoming playoff matchup against the 49ers could sway the Cowboys to reverse course. Jaylon Thompson, USA TODAY, 19 Jan. 2023 Hubbard's touchdown, scored during the fourth quarter of the playoff matchup, was the longest fumble return for a touchdown in NFL postseason history, according to NFL Research. Victoria Moorwood, The Enquirer, 18 Jan. 2023 Legendary composer John Williams, 90, collaborated with ESPN to create an original score ahead of TCU’s College Football Playoff matchup against Georgia. Dallas News, 10 Jan. 2023 The winner of this matchup will bolster their postseason chances, although either will still need some assistance to secure a playoff berth. Ian Firstenberg, Chicago Tribune, 8 Jan. 2023 With millions of fans watching on television, Hamlin, 24, collapsed in the first quarter of a crucial matchup with playoff implications on Monday night, forcing the league to suspend the game. Ken Belson, New York Times, 3 Jan. 2023 Dalton Kincaid and Utah cornerback Clark Phillips III are all sitting, which certainly takes some of the fun out of the matchup. Los Angeles Times, 1 Jan. 2023 See More

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/matchup. Accessed 30 Jan. 2023.

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