match play

noun Golf.

play in which the score is reckoned by counting the holes won by each side.


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Origin of match play

First recorded in 1885–90


match player, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Example sentences from the Web for match play

  • The old maxim that if a thing is worth doing at all it is worth doing well, applies with tremendous force to match-play golf.

    The Happy Golfer|Henry Leach

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 of match play

match player, noun
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