point spread

  1. a betting device, established by oddsmakers and used to attract bettors for uneven competitions, indicating the estimated number of points by which a stronger team can be expected to defeat a weaker team, the point spread being added to the weaker team's actual points in the game and this new figure then compared to the stronger team's points to determine winning bets.

Origin of point spread

An Americanism dating back to 1950–55

Words Nearby point spread

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How to use point spread in a sentence

  • It was a pleasant diversion to get out of the level valley, which at this point spread out some miles back to the bluffs.

    The Awakening of the Desert | Julius C. Birge
  • Peter's thoughts still hovered about old Rose, and from that point spread to the whole system of colored service in the South.

    Birthright | T.S. Stribling
  • Southward to the point spread lands owned by the parish, and known as the common pasture.

    Old Kaskaskia | Mary Hartwell Catherwood