Origin of round robin
Examples from the Web for round robin
Joyce's present did not arrive until the next day, and the round-robin letter from Warwick Hall was nearly a week late.Mary Ware in Texas|Annie F. Johnston
A 'round-robin' letter will cheer the poor girls wonderfully.
"This 'round-robin' is as plump as a partridge," she remarked.
There was talk even of sending a round-robin to Mrs. St. Clair.Pirate Gold|Frederic Jesup Stimson
You may write a kind of round-robin letter and send it to me, and I'll send it to somebody else, who'll pass it on to the next.The Third Class at Miss Kaye's|Angela Brazil
British Dictionary definitions for round robin
Idioms and Phrases with round robin
A petition or other document signed by several persons in sequence, so that no one can tell who was the first to sign it. For example, We decided to send a round robin to management to protest the new rules about work hours. This term originally referred to a grievance presented by seamen to their captain, called round because of the circular sequence of names, but the source of robin has been lost. [Early 1700s]
In sports, a tournament in which each player or team plays against all of the others in turn. For example, The club always holds a tennis round robin on the Fourth of July. [Late 1800s]