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Round robin

  • The term round robin has a general definition that is used in many different situations. We’ll look at the meaning of the term round robin, different ways this term is used, the origin of the term and some examples of its use in sentences.

    A round robin is a sequence or series that involves the participation of everyone in a group. The term round robin is currently most often used to refer to a tournament in which every participant has the opportunity to play every other participant in the tournament. However, a round robin may also refer to a letter or document sent sequentially to a certain group of people. In this type of round robin, each person adds information to the document. If it is a perpetual round robin, each participant removes his old information when the document returns to him, and adds new information before sending the document to the next person in sequence. Originally a round robin referred to a petition or letter of protest in which the people who signed the letter applied their signatures one after another in the shape of a circle, so the recipient would not know who signed the petition first. This type of round robin appeared in the 1730s. The definition for round robin meaning a certain type of tournament was first used in the United States in the late 1800s. When used as an adjective before a noun, the term is hyphenated as in round-robin.

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    Examples

    They beat Finland, lost a one-goal nail-biter to Russia and ended the round robin with an overtime win against Sweden in what might have been the best game since the gold medal final at the 2010 Olympics. (The National Post)

    The Cheetahs’ 52-10 win against the Pumas in Nelspruit on Friday night ensured that the Free State side planted their feet as the No1 side on the Currie Cup log in the round-robin stages‚ thereby cementing a home semifinal in Bloemfontein on October 15. (The Times)

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