Definition of round robin in English:

round robin


  • 1often as modifier A tournament in which each competitor plays in turn against every other.

    ‘a round-robin competition’
    • ‘After that, there's tennis aerobics and yoga, exhibition matches and round robins.’
    • ‘The play is round-robin, with all points being worth two after all teams have played once.’
    • ‘A round-robin event that pits 16 fighters against one another in a winner take all match-up, it's a quick way to change identities and meet a couple of random opponents to win a belt.’
    • ‘We found ourselves frustrated by the wide range of skill levels all thrown into one round-robin tournament.’
    • ‘We're not talking about an open tournament here, we're discussing an elite round robin event consisting of all the world's finest players.’
    • ‘These were run as round robins, in which each competitor wrestled all the other competitors in their division.’
    • ‘He suffered an initial setback in his quest to wrest the crown from the Soviets when he came fourth with a final score of 14/27 in the quadruple round-robin tournament.’
    • ‘To capture changes in interest over the course of the competition, the variable SEAS is defined as the number of games left in round-robin play.’
    • ‘The Tennis Challenge - a round-robin, doubles competition - caters to players of all levels.’
    • ‘When the roads were snowed over and street hockey was out of the question we played this from dawn to dusk in massive round-robin tournaments.’
    • ‘There will be round robins in each pool, with the winners playing each other for 1st place and the losers playing each other for 7th place.’
    • ‘The challengers series begins next Tuesday with two round robins involving all nine challengers, where each win is one point.’
    • ‘This is to be expected when six top players prepare in-depth for each other in this double round robin event, regarded as the ‘Wimbledon of Chess’.’
    • ‘Because we consider only round-robin matches, and thus omit semi-finals and finals, there are no constrained observations in the sample.’
    • ‘Throw in all the illegal bets made with bookies and on private wagers, and it adds up to an estimated $4.5 billion laid out on the annual round robin.’
    • ‘He decided to ‘do something about it,’ by organizing a Category 10 round-robin tournament at the famed Marshall Chess Club in New York.’
    • ‘For some reason the organizers have again kept the tradition with a seven-player field in the double round-robin tournament.’
    • ‘Slick Swiss syndicate Alinghi finished first after the round robins and will sail defending Louis Vuitton Cup challengers champions Prada of Italy in the quarter-finals.’
    • ‘This year's event will be a six-player double round-robin.’
    • ‘My opponent, the defending champion, was the top-rated player and I was number two in the 6-player round robin.’
    1. 1.1 A series or sequence.
      ‘an inconclusive round robin of talks in Cairo, Washington, and New York’
      • ‘After a round robin of introductions, they conferred.’
      • ‘The trial itself was a confusing round-robin of various witnesses being called over various issues at random.’
      • ‘As Rodova remembers it, at the last line of the poem, when John dies, the dancer's head drops in identification, completing the round-robin of identity exchanges.’
      • ‘Many are poets or aspiring poets, many are gay, and all take turns in a comical round-robin of flirtation, consummation, and rejection.’
      • ‘If this group had a typical working arrangement, Ozzie would launch a round-robin of emails, asking members when and where they could get together.’
  • 2A petition, especially one with signatures written in a circle to conceal the order of writing.

    • ‘We don't want round robins, we want the letters to be personal letters saying why the decision over Metrolink is bad news for you, for your business, your family or your job.’
    appeal, list of protesters, list of signatures
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