single figures

noun

chiefly US
: a number or percentage that is 9 or less
They won the game by single figures.
The state's unemployment rate is in the single figures.

Examples of single figures in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The three large pictures of single figures in dark sylvan settings — one on each wall at Transformer’s tiny gallery space — are shadowy and partly illuminated by strange bluish light. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, 1 Mar. 2024 This time, Maryland wasn’t the one making costly turnovers For only the sixth time this winter, the Terps (13-8, 5-5 Big Ten) kept their turnovers in single figures — and improved to 5-1 in those games. Edward Lee, Baltimore Sun, 28 Jan. 2024 Wagner and Jalen Suggs scored five points each during a 14-2 third-quarter spurt that opened up a 15-point lead for Orlando. Miami (24-19) never got the margin back into single figures, and trailed by 24 when Wagner hit a couple of free throws with 3:54 left in the game. Dick Scanlon, USA TODAY, 22 Jan. 2024 Of the six post-trade games the Knicks have played entering Saturday’s matchup in Memphis against the Grizzlies, the team’s premier three bench players — Grimes, Hart and McBride — have scored in single figures in the same game three times. Kristian Winfield, Hartford Courant, 14 Jan. 2024 In his 12 previous matchups against Embiid, Turner scored more than 20 points just once and was held to single figures eight times. Dustin Dopirak, The Indianapolis Star, 19 Mar. 2023 Six of those seven games have been decided by single figures and the Huskies have gone 4-2 in those matchups. Lila Bromberg, Hartford Courant, 22 Feb. 2023

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“Single figures.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/single%20figures. Accessed 20 Jul. 2024.

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