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Sports events and competitions

bye

noun

a situation in which a player or a team does not have an opponent at a particular stage of a competition and goes straight into the next stage

card

noun

a list of the sports events that are planned to take place at a particular time

challenge

noun

an invitation to someone to compete or fight, especially in a sport

challenge

noun

used in the names of competitions, especially sports competitions

championship

noun

a competition to find the best player or team in a sport or game

clash

noun

an important game or competition between two teams or players

close season

noun

the off-season in a sport

the Commonwealth Games

an international sports competition held every four years in which all the countries of the Commonwealth of Nations compete

contest

noun

a competition, especially one in which people’s skill in a particular activity or sport is tested

crown

noun

a title that you get when you win an important sports competition

Cup

noun

a sports competition in which the prize is a large metal cup

curtain raiser

noun

an event that happens before a more important one, or an event that is the first in a series

deadlock

noun

a tie in a game or competition

decider

noun

a goal or shot that wins a game, or a game that makes you the winner of a whole series of games if you win it

derby

noun

a race or competition that anyone can enter

draw

noun

a game that ends in a tie

duel

noun

a close competition between two people or teams

encounter

noun

a meeting between opponents in a sports competition

event

noun

a particular planned activity that takes place during an occasion such as a sports competition

exhibition match

noun

a game of football, basketball, tennis, etc. that is not part of a competition but is intended to show the skills of the players

feeding frenzy

noun

an occasion when people compete with each other in an excited and uncontrolled way in order to get something

field day

noun

a day when school students take part in sports competitions outside

final

noun

the last game, race, etc. in a competition. The winner of the final is the winner of the whole competition

game

noun

a particular event in which people take part in a competition

game

noun

one of the series of separate parts that make up a particular event in some sports, such as tennis

Grand Prix

noun

an important sports competition

Grand Slam

noun

a set of important competitions held in a sport during one year, especially in tennis, rugby or golf

grand slam

noun

one of the important competitions held in a sport such as tennis, rugby or golf during one year

grudge match

noun

a sports game between teams or players that dislike each other a lot

heat

noun

a game or race at the start of a competition. The winners of the heats then compete against each other at the next stage

international

noun

a sports game between players or teams from different countries

invitational

noun

a sports event that people and teams can take part in only if they receive an invitation

match

noun

a game, especially in a sport

meet

noun

a sports event involving a lot of people or teams competing against each other

meeting

noun

a competition between two teams or players

meeting

noun

a meet at which teams compete against each other

mismatch

noun

a game or sports event in which the two players or teams do not have the same ability

Olympiad

noun

a meeting of the Olympic Games

the Olympic Games

an international sports event that takes place every four years

opener

noun

the first game in a sports season or in a competition consisting of several games

outing

noun

an occasion when a player or team takes part in a sports competition

the Pan American Games

a large international sports competition held every four years between teams from North America, Central America, South America, and the Caribbean

the Paralympic Games

an international sports event for athletes with disabilities that takes place every four years alongside the Olympic Games

the Paralympics

an international sports event for people with physical disabilities that takes place every four years

pentathlon

noun

a sports event that consists of five different sports

playoffs

noun

a series of games played by the best teams in a sport in order to decide the final winner

playoff

noun

one of the games in a series of playoffs

playoff

noun

an extra game played to decide the winner after a game or series of games ends with an equal score

the preliminaries

noun

the first part of a competition in which those who win compete in the main event and those who are defeated no longer take part

prelims

noun

the preliminaries in a sports competition

pro-am

noun

a sports event in which professional and amateur players compete together

qualifier

noun

an early stage of a competition used for deciding who goes on to the next stage

quarterfinal

noun

one of four games played between the eight players or teams still left in a competition. The winners of the quarterfinals play one another in the semifinals.

rematch

noun

in sports, a second game between the same opponents or teams

replay

noun

a game that is played again because neither team or player won the first time

rodeo

noun

a sports event in which people compete by riding wild horses or catching cattle with ropes. Someone who takes part in a rodeo is called a cowboy or a cowgirl.

round

noun

a game or a series of games in a competition

round robin

noun

a competition in which each person or team plays against every other person or team

season

noun

a period of the year when a particular sport is played

semi

noun

a semifinal of a sports competition

semifinal

noun

one of the two games that are played immediately before the last game in a sports competition. The two people or teams who win the semifinals play each other in the last game, called the final, to decide who wins the competition.

series

noun

a set of games played over a period of time between two teams

showdown

noun

an important game between two great players or teams

shut-out

noun

in sports, a game in which one team does not score any points

slam

noun

one of the competitions that make up a grand slam 2, especially in tennis

the Special Olympics

a series of international sports competitions for people who have learning disabilities

sport

noun

an activity in which players or teams compete against each other, usually an activity that involves physical effort

stake

noun

used for talking about a competition or comparison that seems like a race

stampede

noun

a festival that includes competitions for cowboys

tie

noun

one game that is part of a competition

tournament

noun

a series of games in which the winner of each game plays in the next game until there is one player or team left

trial

noun

a sports competition during which people are tested and chosen for a later competition

triple-header

noun

three games or events that happen one after the other

battle/war of nerves

a competition or fight in which someone tries to beat their opponent by making them worried or afraid

sandwich generation

a generation … who are balancing working life with caring for both their teenage children and elderly parents

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