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1A figure regarded as significant in a particular context.
- ‘One man from Dublin, who wished to remain anonymous, instantly knew he had the ticket with the magic numbers 4, 6, 18, 31, 39, 42.’
- ‘The magic number of electoral votes needed to win the White House is 270.’
- ‘Computer scientists have suggested that the usual calculation of the magic number is too simple.’
- ‘If there's three people dissenting from the other nine, whether it's guilty or not guilty, that's usually the magic number.’
- ‘In the Scotch whisky business, the winners are known as the ‘millionaires’, brands which sell more than the magic number of one million nine-litre cases a year.’
- ‘In baseball, the magic number for a team in first place in a division is the number of games that team must win or the second place team must lose in order to clinch the division.’
- ‘Wallace figured the magic number was about 40,000 responses.’
- ‘The standard for household surveys is to use 30 clusters of 30 houses each (30 is a magic number in statistics).’
- ‘First: there's no natural coalition that can hit the magic number of 155 seats (156 if you exclude the Speaker).’
- ‘In addition, venture firms all have a different magic number for how much capital they would like to deploy into each of their portfolio companies.’
- ‘Pupils from the college came together to make the magic number for our snapper as they try to break the Guinness Book of Records for numbers at a table quiz.’
- ‘There were three of us - which proved to be our magic number because the waiter promptly ushered us downstairs to a coveted table.’
- ‘We are looking to hit the magic number of 218 in order to get a discharge petition going, which would allow that to be automatically voted for on the House of Representatives, bypassing the committee structure requirements.’
- ‘‘Eighteen holes isn't a magic number for the average golfer,’ notes Orender.’
- ‘A popular Killarney-based website has clocked up the magic number of one million visitors and an estimated 25 million hits since its launch in 1995.’
- ‘Quebec government rules dictate that candidates who reach that magic number are refunded for half of their campaign expenses.’
- ‘Within half-an-hour, I had worked out that 21 was the magic number and if my cards added up to more than that, I would be bust.’
- ‘The organization recently spent over $1 million on another costing-out study for New York City's schools that would at last find the magic number.’
- ‘Seven is not really a magic number, but does have an uncanny way of appearing in all sorts of odd situations.’
- ‘The planning application to Hyndburn Council to build another stand would take the club's capacity from 5,057 to 6,000-the Football League's magic number.’
- 1.1Baseball The number which, at a given stage in the season, signifies the combination of wins for the first-placed team and defeats for the second-placed team which will assure the former of finishing the season in first place in its division.‘Boston's magic number remained two as the Yankees beat the Blue Jays last night’
- ‘Thanks to Tom Gordon and Mariano Rivera, each pitching in both ends of the game, the Yanks nailed down the 5-4 win and moved their magic number to one.’
- ‘Before April began, the Lakers had clinched home-court advantage over every team except the Blazers, and their magic number over Portland was down to three.’
- ‘Chicago's lead in the AL Central dropped to two games over idle Cleveland and its magic number remained at five to clinch the division.’
- ‘The Cardinals have won only three of eight, but reduced their magic number for clinching the division to four.’
- ‘With eight straight wins under their belt, they woke up this Sunday having opened a 5.5 game lead on the Sox, and their magic number for winning the AL East is down to 10.’
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