death match

or death·match

[ deth-mach ]
/ ˈdɛθ ˌmætʃ /

noun

Professional Wrestling. a type of wrestling match in which dangerous objects such as nail-studded props, glass, and barbed wire are allowed in a graphically brutal and bloody spectacle.
a genre of multiplayer video game in which a player’s goal is to kill or otherwise eliminate opponents’ player characters from the match.
a literal or metaphorical fight to the death in which a combatant becomes the victor by eliminating one or more enemies: The slasher film Freddy vs. Jason pits the two horror icons against each other in a gory death match. In a pizza topping death match, who would win—classic pepperoni or exotic pineapple?

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Origin of death match

First recorded in 1955–60 for def. 1, in 1970–75 for def. 3, and in 1990–95 for def. 2
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