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

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Examples of matchup in a Sentence

a boxing matchup that promises to be a sportswriter's dream
Recent Examples on the Web Don’t count the Browns out in Sunday’s playoff matchup with the Chiefs. Matt Goul, cleveland, "Browns vs. Chiefs: Everything to know ahead of the AFC divisional playoff game," 17 Jan. 2021 Stanford: The Cardinal will fall from the top of the rankings, and things won’t get easier with a matchup with No. 8 UCLA on Friday night. Michael Kelly, ajc, "Hollingshed's 32 points helps CU upset No. 1 Stanford, 77-72," 17 Jan. 2021 That game will take place in Green Bay on Sunday, when Brady, 43, will try to advance to his 10th Super Bowl in a matchup with All-Pro QB Aaron Rodgers, the Cal alum. Brett Martel,, "Near 10th Super Bowl, Brady betters Brees," 17 Jan. 2021 This is the first playoff matchup in NFL history with two starting quarterbacks in their 40s with the 43-year-old Brady facing the 42-year-old Brees. Josh Dubow, Star Tribune, "Rodgers, Allen lead Packers and Bills into title games," 16 Jan. 2021 The Saints can take advantage of their coverage busts even if CB Carlton Davis had a strong Week 1 matchup with Saints WR Michael Thomas. USA TODAY, "NFL playoff games schedule: TV, channel, live stream and betting info for divisional playoffs," 15 Jan. 2021 As the legendary Saints quarterback turns 42 just days before a playoff matchup with Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, one thing is clear: The song (not unlike Brees himself) just never seems to get old. Jeff Nowak,, "Never gets old: As Saints QB Drew Brees turns 42, a happy birthday -- Choppa Style," 14 Jan. 2021 But even Baker Mayfield’s most ardent believers should struggle to take him in a head-to-head matchup with Mahomes. New York Times, "N.F.L. Playoff Predictions: Our Picks in the Divisional Round," 14 Jan. 2021 The club would love to get a workout in prior to Tuesday’s matchup with the Chicago Bulls, especially with a reformed starting lineup and players such as Carsen Edwards, Tremont Waters, and Tacko Fall expected to get major minutes. Gary Washburn,, "COVID problems for Celtics, NBA teams? Get used to it," 10 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of matchup

1959, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of matchup was in 1959

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23 Jan 2021

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“Matchup.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jan. 2021.

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