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match play

noun, Golf.
play in which the score is reckoned by counting the holes won by each side.
Compare medal play.
Origin of match play
First recorded in 1885-90
Related forms
match player, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • It will be seen that for match play the hoops are only 1⁄8 or at the most 3⁄8 in.

  • Do you understand the principles of match play at golf, Robert?

    Love Among the Chickens P. G. Wodehouse
  • Waddles makes 'em all press—a big factor in his match play; but there are others, and not nearly so legitimate.

    Fore! Charles Emmett Van Loan
  • Steinitz, who beats them both in match play, does not essay more than six blindfold at a time.

  • match play is where he shines—match play against a nervous opponent.

    Fore! Charles Emmett Van Loan
  • Training for match play is rather a difficult subject for me to write about, for I have never gone in for proper "training."

    Lawn Tennis for Ladies Mrs. Lambert Chambers
  • One of the great things to remember in match play is this—do not strive to win outright with every stroke.

    Lawn Tennis for Ladies Mrs. Lambert Chambers
  • In match play remember that a game is never lost until it is won.

    Lawn Tennis for Ladies Mrs. Lambert Chambers
  • The rules of match play governed the contests, and Archibald disposed of his first three opponents before the twelfth hole.

    The Man Upstairs P. G. Wodehouse
British Dictionary definitions for match play

match play

  1. scoring according to the number of holes won and lost
  2. (as modifier): a matchplay tournament
Compare Stableford, stroke play
Derived Forms
match player, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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