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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 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 period of the year when a particular sport is not played and players rest

the Commonwealth Games

an international sports competition held every four years in which all the countries of the British Commonwealth 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, especially a sports match, that happens before a more important one, or an event that is the first in a series

decider

noun

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

derby

noun

a game between two teams from the same city

derby

noun

a race or competition that anyone can enter

draw

noun

a game that ends with both teams or players having the same number of points

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 one another in an excited and uncontrolled way in order to get something

field day

noun

a sports day

final

noun

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

fixture

noun

a sports event that happens at a regular time and place

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 match 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

the Highland Games

an event that takes place in towns and villages in Scotland involving games, competitions, and music

international

noun

a sports match 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

knockout

noun

a competition in which the player or team that loses a game does not take part in later games

major

noun

a well-known and important competition

match

noun

a game in which players or teams compete against each other, especially in a sport. The usual American word is game

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 sports event involving a lot of people, horses, or teams competing 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

play-off

noun

an extra game that is 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

pro-am

noun

a sports event in which professional and amateur players compete together

qualifier

noun

a game that is played to decide which team or player may enter a competition

quarter-final

noun

one of four games played between the eight players or teams still left in a competition. The winners of the quarter-finals play each other in the semi-finals.

rematch

noun

in sport, a second match 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 matches played over a period of time between two teams

shield

noun

a competition in which the prize is a shield

showdown

noun

an important match between two great players or teams

shut-out

noun

in sport, a match in which one team does not score any points

slam

noun

one of the competitions that make up a grand slam 1, especially in tennis

the Special Olympics

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

sport

noun

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

sports

noun

an event held by a school or club at which there are games and competitions in which you run, jump, throw things etc

stake

noun

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

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

battle/war of nerves

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

kabaddi

a game in which two teams of seven players take turns to chase and try to touch players on the opposing team

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