match point

[ mach-point for 1; mach-point for 2 ]
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  1. (in tennis, squash, handball, etc.) the point that if won would enable the scorer or the scorer's side to win the match.

  2. 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.

Origin of match point

First recorded in 1920–25

Words Nearby match point Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use match point in a sentence

  • Go after every point as though you were down match point and had to win it.

    Squash Tennis | Richard C. Squires

British Dictionary definitions for match point

match point

  1. sport the final point needed to win a match

  2. bridge the unit used for scoring in tournaments

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