Definition of matchup in US English:

matchup

noun

North American
  • 1A contest between athletes or sports teams.

    ‘a matchup of two twenty-something pitchers wondering what it is like to win in the majors’
    • ‘The matchups create great individual contests that help determine the outcome of the team game.’
    • ‘A couple of scouts and coaches offered their expertise in breaking down the divisional playoff matchups of the upcoming weekend.’
    • ‘After you've spent a few minutes savoring another strong week for your squad, it's important to look at your players' matchups for the next week.’
    • ‘Basketball is a team game, but the NBA is about individual matchups - whichever team wins the most matchups wins the game.’
    • ‘The game featured key matchups as both teams put out their best players with two crucial points on the line.’
    • ‘Nothing has been decided at this point because we are quite busy trying to predict the new head coaches and analyzing the playoff matchups.’
    • ‘If we've gotten line matchups or individual player matchups from the coaches, then I focus on the task at hand.’
    • ‘Playing the matchups is crucial in fantasy football.’
    • ‘Always a heated rivalry, this Friday tilt could shape up to be a playoff matchup preview.’
    • ‘The teams with the most favorable player matchups will be the teams holding trumps in the final three weeks.’
    • ‘However, in each of the postseason matchups, his team rallied from behind to win, the exact opposite of their playoff predecessors.’
    • ‘The teams have battled to four straight Game 7, winner-take-all playoff matchups, with New York winning the last three.’
    • ‘He doesn't shy away from matchups against star players and is the team's nastiest lineman.’
    • ‘The playoffs are no time to be clever by benching your most talented players because they have bad matchups and start experimenting with mediocre players in good matchups.’
    • ‘In most cases, the outside man got a one-on-one matchup and the inside player drew the double team.’
    • ‘The rest will feature game after game of hotly contested matchups with nightly playoff implications during the final two-dozen games or so.’
    • ‘This is basically an even matchup, a toe-to-toe slugfest of a heavyweight championship battle in the making.’
    • ‘Three playoff matchups from last fall will be revived this weekend.’
    • ‘We'll have in-depth scouting reports on each team minutes after the bracket is announced, and we cover the tournament with matchups for all 64 games.’
    • ‘If you are one of the many who use a two-back system, you can find success if you closely monitor matchups and know each player's strengths and weaknesses.’
    correspond, be in agreement, tally, agree, match up, coincide, accord, conform, square, harmonize, be consonant, be compatible
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    1. 1.1Basketball Another term for a man-to-man defense.
      See man to man at man
      • ‘The man to man matchup is basketball in its purest form.’

Pronunciation

matchup

/ˈmaCHəp/