Definition of the best of three (or five etc.) in English:

the best of three (or five etc.)


  • Victory achieved by winning the majority of a specified odd number of games.

    • ‘But everybody had to do three time trials and it was the best of three.’
    • ‘It is usual to play the best of three games, but it is possible to play a just a single game to 30 points.’
    • ‘The Clan lost the opening game of the best of three set 70-58.’
    • ‘A badminton match is decided by the best of three games.’
    • ‘League games will continue to be played up to 21 points over the best of three games for this season, it was decided at York and District Table Tennis Association's annual meeting.’
    • ‘All 12 teams make the play-offs with the bottom eight competing in the best of three preliminary round.’
    • ‘Games can end in a draw when both reach the same point total, and usually Briscola is played to the best of three or five games.’
    • ‘Then we shortened the idea to the best of five with the ladder match being the rubber match.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, the other series, as expected, is a barnburner as St Adolphe leads La Broquerie two games to one in the best of five affair.’
    • ‘The decision goes to the one who gets the best of three.’
    • ‘Matches must be the best of five games to qualify as a pyramid match.’
    • ‘Normally the best of three games is played, so the overall winners are the first team to win two games.’
    • ‘Athletes must compete in a minimum of three races and rankings will be based on the best of three finishes for each athlete’
    • ‘Each game is the best of three sets with each set being played to 15 aces.’
    • ‘The Thunderbirds will play host to the best of three game tilt.’
    • ‘Matches will continue to be the best of five games.’
    • ‘It will be the best of five games and there will be six dartboards in operation.’
    • ‘This is said to combine the best of three distinctly different areas, all a delight to divers.’
    • ‘Unusually, there was just one round rather than the best of three.’
    • ‘Teams will be two-a-side and played up to 11 points a game over the best of three sets.’