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1The transfer of a competitor directly to the next round of a competition in the absence of an assigned opponent.
- ‘But nothing says that only one team must skip the first round - you could also give 3 byes in the first round, which will leave you with 13 teams in the second round, or 5 byes or any other odd number.’
- ‘Some argue it would take away the huge advantage the top four seeds have from byes and home-field advantage.’
- ‘With that, college hockey was finally rid of its 12-team format, which awarded byes to the top four teams and a tremendous advantage.’
- ‘As usual, the four teams who had byes played in the conference title games last year.’
- ‘If the Scots do not win the regular season championship, finishing second is critical, as the top two seeds receive first round byes and semi-final home games.’
- ‘And as usual, the main ‘race’ threw up a few appetisers, although the holders were one of the four first round byes.’
- ‘The addition of two wild cards in each league would give the top two finishers first-round byes but make the tournament unwieldy.’
- ‘Again, there would be a two-day playoff, but without byes.’
- ‘Nevertheless, each rebounded to win their division and secure first-round byes.’
- ‘If a knock-out solution takes effect, nine teams would get byes through to the second round, where they would meet the winners of seven drawn ties to create a last 16.’
- ‘Taking the money into account - as well as the prospect of eliminating byes altogether - a proposal to eventually put 16 teams into the playoffs is probably on the horizon.’
- ‘In my mind, the road team with the best chance to win is Green Bay, but historically, the week of rest has been a major advantage for teams with byes.’
- ‘The increase to 16 means the end of first-round byes.’
- ‘If the league is going to add one team per conference, it might as well add two teams per conference and eliminate first-round byes altogether.’
- ‘All 16 seeded players received byes into the second round.’
- ‘In the absence of leading seeds with first-round byes, lesser contenders took center stage on opening day.’
- ‘If the league had 16 playoff teams, byes would be eliminated, and that is very appealing to a cross-section of owners who believe byes give teams unfair advantages.’
- ‘All four teams have fresh legs, thanks to first-round byes followed by the pleasure of playing divisional playoff games at home.’
- ‘The top six teams in the field were given byes into the quarter-finals while the bottom four teams must play seeding matches to move on.’
- ‘Where's the justice in eliminating more non-league teams in the qualifying rounds than is necessary, only for league clubs to be given byes in the first round proper of the competition?’
2One or more holes remaining unplayed after a match has been decided.
Mid 16th century (denoting a side issue or incidental matter): from by.
- short for goodbye
- ‘But, well, I've just finished my exams, so I wanted to say hi, and, well bye.’
- ‘After he said bye, the news lady and I just absolutely lost it.’
- ‘Yeah… it's kind of late, I'm just going to go to bed now, please don't tell my parents, bye!’
- ‘You just say excuse me, president business, gotta run, bye.’
- ‘Well, my mom's calling me because we're going to the hospital to visit my grandma, so bye for now, and pray I don't upset her.’
- ‘She smacked my shoulder and I smiled, turned, grabbed my bag and said, ‘Well I gotta be off, bye!’’
- ‘Your dad left an hour ago but he told me to tell you bye.’
- ‘‘Yeah, bye, Dan,’ he said as he followed Jenny out the door.’
- ‘That's all the screen time I'm allowed, okay, bye!’
- ‘I have decided that I have run out of adjectives or maybe never had any in the first place so bye for now.’
- ‘We would leave each other and say, see you later or catch up with you later, but it was never bye.’
- ‘When I send email, I always wish it on its way with the little phrase, ‘Wheee, bye!’’
- ‘But anyway, you've probably got better things to do than listen to me rant, so bye for now.’
- ‘I've just finished recording it in America and can't wait for you to hear it - it won't be long now… bye!’
- ‘He came to spend the weekend with us and we had a nice time; lots of drinks and dinosaurs (of the model variety) and a chance to say bye.’
- ‘‘Alright, bye,’ Nathaniel's grandson said, then leaving the room.’
- ‘The people I did get on with have all phoned to say bye, including my one senior ally who thought I should never have been made to do those dreaded phone calls.’
- ‘She flew up the stairs and stopped at the door, ‘Nice to meet - thanks for - have a nice evening, bye!’’
- ‘Jerry just kinda stood there, and said, ‘Yeah… well, glad to see everything's good, bye!’’
- ‘Dad, you have to be safe, but come back home and have a good time and I'll be taking care of mom and the and I just want to say bye.’
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