popularity contest

noun

Definition of popularity contest

: a contest or situation in which the person who wins or is most successful is the one who is most popular rather than the one who is most skillful, qualified, etc.
  • The election was just a popularity contest. Voters didn't really care about the issues.
often used to say that someone or something is not popular
  • After laying off hundreds of workers, the company isn't going to win any popularity contests around here.

Word by Word Definitions

popularity play
  1. : the quality or state of being popular

contest play
  1. : strive, vie

  2. : to make the subject of dispute, contention, or litigation

  1. : a struggle for superiority or victory : competition

  2. : a competition in which each contestant performs without direct contact with or interference from competitors


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