- a pairing or combining; linkage: a match-up of federal funds with state aid.
- a direct contest or confrontation, as between two athletes or political candidates.
- an investigation of similarities and differences; comparison: a match-up of property taxes in two counties.
Origin of match-up
First recorded in 1960–65; noun use of verb phrase match up
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Examples from the Web for matchup
Further, at least one private poll shows Childers in a statistical tie with McDaniel in a November matchup.Travis Childers: The Deep South’s Great Liberal Hope
June 5, 2014
I do see a matchup of Syracuse and Florida coming out of there.ESPN’s Bracket Champion Shares His March Madness Secrets
March 18, 2014
Matchup: Alabama came within a hair of making its third consecutive national championship game after winning in 2012 and 2013.The 2014 Dummies’ Guide to College Football Games
January 1, 2014
The first few rounds of the matchup were competitive, with Alvardo boxing the brawler from Siberia.Boxers, Be Brave and Quit Before Your Brain Turns to Mush
October 25, 2013
A matchup against Clinton and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, whom she edged 44 percent to 42 percent, could be much closer.Who's the Toughest Republican Against Hillary?
January 11, 2013
- US and Canadian a sports match
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