test match

noun

1
: any of a series of championship cricket matches played between teams representing Australia and England
2
: a championship game or series (as of cricket) played between teams representing different countries

Examples of test match in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Pakistan has never won a test series in Australia in 13 attempts, and in those years, Pakistan has only won four test matches total. Tim Chan, Variety, 2 Jan. 2024 With the help of some professional and amateur golfers, Castro did some test matches. WIRED, 9 Nov. 2023 This past weekend, the two rivals met for an annual test match in front of 80,000 people at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Greg McKenna, BostonGlobe.com, 1 Aug. 2023 As is so often said by the players and coaches, a test match is called a test match for a reason. John Pye, ajc, 25 Dec. 2021 In the test match-up, Mr. Biden leads among independents, 46% to 38%. John McCormick, WSJ, 1 Sep. 2022 Sunny goes to watch the second test match between Sri Lanka and England—a game that will end up quelling his disquiet. Carey Baraka, The Atlantic, 28 July 2022 The official test match between England and the West Indies will take place at the stadium named after Antiguan cricketing legend Vivian Richards in March. CNN, 1 Jan. 2022 Cheika will now try To’omua, who has started only four of 50 test matches at flyhalf. San Diego Union-Tribune, 9 Oct. 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

1862, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of test match was in 1862

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“Test match.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/test%20match. Accessed 21 May. 2024.

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