[ pley-bahy-pley ]

  1. pertaining to or being a detailed account of each incident or act of an event, as in sports: a play-by-play broadcast of a baseball game.

  1. a detailed and sequential description of a sports contest or other event, as by a sportscaster, usually as it is taking place.

Origin of play-by-play

First recorded in 1925–30

Words Nearby play-by-play Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

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