noun, often attributive
point-shav·​ing | \ ˈpoint-ˌshā-viŋ How to pronounce point-shaving (audio) \

Definition of point-shaving

: an attempt (as by a member of the team favored to win) to influence the final score of a game so that the predicted winner wins by less than the point spread

First Known Use of point-shaving

1975, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of point-shaving was in 1975

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“Point-shaving.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/point-shaving. Accessed 3 Dec. 2021.

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