Definition of league table in English:

league table


  • 1A list of the competitors in a league, showing their ranking according to performance in a particular season.

    ‘Rangers are at the top of the league table’
    • ‘I didn't actually think we were playing that badly and we certainly didn't deserve to be where we were in the league table.’
    • ‘At this stage of the season the league table doesn't tell lies, and it told you all that you need to know - this was the division's best team against its worst.’
    • ‘We had something like a ten-game unbeaten run on the home straight but I kept going home and looking at the league table and it was always so tight.’
    • ‘According to the league table, this has not been a bad season for Newcastle United.’
    • ‘But he knows as well as anyone you can only take one small step at a time, and moving one or two places up the league table has to be the realistic goal this season.’
    • ‘Now, barely a month into the new Premiership season and with United looking impressive at the right end of the league table, the fortress is under attack.’
    • ‘Despite this penalty claim, the home team deserved to win and now join Ilkley at the top end of the league table.’
    • ‘Obviously they felt like they had won it on the day, but when you look at the league table in a week's time it is still one point each.’
    • ‘Victory was sweet even if it was fortunate, although perversely other results conspired to push the side back a place in the league table.’
    • ‘Just a month ago we were in a precarious position in the league table, but now we've got our sights set on the top half of the table.’
    • ‘This is a daunting prospect but Otley will be hoping to retain their fourth position in the league table.’
    • ‘They will be seeking to continue their good form in the Northern Premier League when they face a side from the lower reaches of the league table.’
    • ‘At one stage there was a thirteen point gap between the fifth and sixth but in the final league table for the season that gap was brought down to five.’
    • ‘Each day is meticulously and absurdly spent planning our tactics for the game and working out what would happen to the league table if we won and everybody above us lost.’
    • ‘It once topped the league table of economic performance.’
    • ‘Continuing on this theme then he explained why the league table was lying and how his team were in the wrong position.’
    • ‘On walking into any office, the first thing you would see was the league table: the sales rankings of every salesperson in the country.’
    • ‘The Derbyshire side are slight favourites to progress to a clash in the last four at Sheffield, due to their seventh place in the league table.’
    • ‘They have inserted a fresh dimension to the top half of the premier league table which is much needed.’
    • ‘The league table is very tight this season, and a couple more defeats could see City in touch with the relegation stragglers.’
    1. 1.1A comparison of achievement or merit in a competitive area.
      ‘a national league table of school results’
      • ‘He pointed out that the Western Health Board was third highest on a national league table of employers of people with disabilities.’
      • ‘Exam results for A-level students place the borough in the bottom half of a national league table of achievement.’
      • ‘Maybe it's time education and government officials had a league table of their performance.’
      • ‘Bradford College has produced its best-ever showing in a national league table of teacher-training colleges.’
      • ‘The city has been rooted to the bottom of the national league table for four years, prompting calls for her resignation.’
      • ‘It has been named as top performer in a league table of the top 35 mortgage lenders operating in Cumbria.’
      • ‘It also suffered an overall drop in results which saw it fall from 120th to 131st in the national league table.’
      • ‘He was brought in to lift the council after it was placed at the bottom of a national league table of councils.’
      • ‘For most parents a national league table is of limited value.’
      • ‘The way the figures are published makes it impossible to create a national league table of police forces.’
      • ‘For one thing, even on their existing pay, firemen are in the top half of the league table of full-time workers.’
      • ‘Just over four years ago it was second only to Hills Road Sixth Form College, Cambridge, at the head of the national league table.’
      • ‘Sir Keith said the findings had not been used to place all forces in a single league table reflecting their overall performance.’
      • ‘A new survey has now put big cats sightings in the region at more than two a week, leaving Yorkshire third in a national league table.’
      • ‘Station Road in Cross Hills has listed in a league table of the top 12 noisiest roads in Britain.’
      • ‘The success of Bradford College in the national league table of teacher training colleges is very encouraging.’
      • ‘The national league table rates councils as being between three stars and zero stars for their quality of service.’
      • ‘Ironically, it is in the top 20 of a much lauded league table of hospital performance, released this month.’
      • ‘In a league table of national expenditure on state pensions produced by the commission, Britain was at the bottom.’
      • ‘The district has fallen back a place in the national league table based on results for 11-year-olds.’


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