winner take all
[ win-er teyk-awl ]
/ ˈwɪn ər ˈteɪk ˈɔl /
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a situation or outcome in which the winner receives all the prizes or rewards (often used attributively):In some states, delegates are proportioned according to the vote, whereas in others the contests are winner take all.The qualifying tournament leaves little room for error, and once a team advances past group play, they face a must-win situation in a winner-take-all quarterfinal.
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Also win·ner takes all . Sometimes win·ner-take-all .
Origin of winner take all
First recorded in 1895–1900
Words nearby winner take all
winnard, Winnebago, winner, winner's circle, winner's enclosure, winner take all, Winnetka, Winnie, Winnie-the-Pooh, winning, winningest
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How to use winner take all in a sentence
The other change made would make it easier for states to hold winner-take-all primaries.With New Primary Rules, RNC Panel Will Aid the Establishment in 2016|Ben Jacobs|January 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The audience laughed at that, so people missed the rest: "… in a winner-take-all game of beer pong."Why Won't I Tell the 'Truth' About the Bilderberg Meetings?|David Frum|March 7, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Republicans are suggesting that states switch from winner-take-all to a district-by-district allocation of electoral votes.Democrats Shocked by Democratic Idea|David Frum|February 4, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Obama also vanquished prejudice, winner-take-all economics, and attacks on the safety net.Election 2012: Myths, Lies, and Losers|Robert Shrum|November 7, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Delaware, with its small electorate and winner-take-all prize, is his remaining best chance to get a third state behind him.Newt Gingrich, Increasingly Irrelevant, Bets It All on Delaware|Ben Jacobs|April 3, 2012|DAILY BEAST