Definition of plus-minus in English:



  • often as modifier A running total used as an indication of a player's effectiveness, calculated by adding one for each goal scored by the player's team in even-strength play while the player is on the ice, and subtracting one for each goal conceded.

    • ‘He had three goals, one assist, 23 shots, 10 hits and a plus-minus mark of even.’
    • ‘The best example of this team's improvement is found in the plus-minus ratings, where only two players are on the negative side of the ledger.’
    • ‘The 20-year-old defender isn't putting up big offensive numbers, but he's been right around the break-even point in plus-minus ratings all season, despite playing on the worst team in the West.’
    • ‘He's only a fourth-line checker for now, but he has made the most of his opportunity - 17 goals and a plus-minus rating of plus - 22.’
    • ‘Traditional plus-minus systems tend to overrate average players on good teams and underrate good players on lousy ones.’


South African
  • More or less; roughly.

    ‘it was plus-minus 8.30 a.m’
    • ‘Continue for plus minus 17,8 km, until the T-junction.’
    • ‘Bake in oven for plus-minus 8 minutes at 180 degrees C.’
    in effect, effectively, all but, more or less, practically, almost, nearly, close to, approaching, not far from, nearing, verging on, bordering on, well nigh, nigh on, just about, as good as, essentially, in essence, in practical terms, for all practical purposes, to all intents and purposes, in all but name, as near as dammit
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