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match point

[ mach -point for 1; mach -point for 2 ]
/ ˈmætʃ ˈpɔɪnt for 1; ˈmætʃ ˌpɔɪnt for 2 /
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noun

(in tennis, squash, handball, etc.) the point that if won would enable the scorer or the scorer's side to win the match.
Duplicate Bridge. a scoring unit consisting of one point awarded to a partnership for each opposing partnership whose score they better on a hand and of one-half point for each opposing partnership whose score they equal.

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Origin of match point

First recorded in 1920–25
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match point

noun

sport the final point needed to win a match
bridge the unit used for scoring in tournaments
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