- pertaining to or being a detailed account of each incident or act of an event, as in sports: a play-by-play broadcast of a baseball game.
- a detailed and sequential description of a sports contest or other event, as by a sportscaster, usually as it is taking place.
Origin of play-by-play
First recorded in 1925–30
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Examples from the Web for play-by-play
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