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short game

the aspect of golf considered in relation to the ability of a player to hit medium or short shots, as chip shots, pitch shots, and putts, with accuracy.
Compare long game (def 1).
a card game in which not all cards in the pack are dealt before play.
Compare long game (def 2).
Origin of short game
An Americanism dating back to 1850-55 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • His driving had been good, but in the short game he had been weak.

  • After a little preliminary practice the two teams were told to line-up for a short game of fifteen-minute halves.

    A Quarter-Back's Pluck Lester Chadwick
  • It is certain that very young children like to play upon their own imaginations, and enjoy their own short game.

    Ceres' Runaway Alice Meynell
  • Two teams were made up, and a short game was played, while the coachers kept at the men like relentless slave drivers.

  • A short game of hide-and-seek now ensued, each side not knowing whether the other was a friend or an enemy.

    Marching on Niagara Edward Stratemeyer
  • Thus, doubtful cases arising out of the short game had to be referred to the best living players for decision.

  • Tee shots and approaches must be played well, and at the very first green the hint is given that the short game must be well done.

    The Happy Golfer Henry Leach
  • If there were an element of chance in this short game it was that of the uncertainty of life, not of Durade's chance to win.

    The U.P. Trail Zane Grey
  • Bronston proposed another go at horse billiards—just a short game before luncheon.

    Local Color Irvin S. Cobb
  • What good do you imagine you men will be in the trenches, if you can't last out a short game of rugger like this?

    The Loom of Youth Alec Waugh

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