point-shav·​ing ˈpoint-ˌshā-viŋ How to pronounce point-shaving (audio)
often attributive
: 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

Examples of point-shaving in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The college point-shaving scandal prompts Long Island University to drop basketball and all other intercollegiate sports. Los Angeles Times, 20 Feb. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1975, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
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 18 Jul. 2024.

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