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.
a detailed and sequential description of a sports contest or other event, as by a sportscaster, usually as it is taking place.
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How to use play-by-play in a sentence
It will be the shocking play-by-play from inside the death chambers.The Supreme Court Will Never Kill the Death Penalty, Even With Botched Executions | Mike Sacks | May 1, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Watch commentator Chris Webber make brilliant use of the telestrator, with a play-by-play of ice cream defense.Lindsay Lohan, Lil Wayne, Social Farting & More Viral Videos | The Daily Beast Video | March 23, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
But for these two puerile sports fans, the evening was almost as much about the play-by-play as how things turned out.Forget the Electoral College—Who Won the Battle of the Neckties? | Blake Gopnik | November 8, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
Even worse, the two doulas next to me were in the midst of a loud-whispered play-by-play of what was going on on the screen.