[ mach point for 1; mach point for 2 ]
/ ˈmætʃ ˈpɔɪnt for 1; ˈmætʃ ˌpɔɪnt for 2 /
(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.
Moot Point vs. Mute PointYou may have heard coworkers or acquaintances refer to an inconsequential or irrelevant point as a moot point, or maybe you’ve heard mute point instead. Fans of the TV show Friends may have heard a third variation: moo point (because, according to Joey, a cow’s opinion doesn’t matter). But which expression is correct, and what exactly does it mean? The correct phrase is moot point. …
Origin of match point
First recorded in 1920–25
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British Dictionary definitions for match point
sport the final point needed to win a match
bridge the unit used for scoring in tournaments
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