One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1(in the NCAA college basketball tournament) a low-ranking team that unexpectedly defeats a high-ranking team.‘their impressive win total has led many to tout them as a potential bracket-buster’
- 1.1 A game in which a low-ranking team unexpectedly defeats a high-ranking team.‘in yet another bracket-buster, the March Madness upsets continued’
- 1.1 A game in which a low-ranking team unexpectedly defeats a high-ranking team.
1990s: from bracket (sense 5 of the noun) + buster (sense 2).
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