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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
match
I.noun
COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES
a championship game/match
▪ He was playing in his first championship game of the season.
a charity match/concert/show etc
▪ The band appeared at a charity concert for free.
a chess game/match
▪ Who won the chess game?
a colour matches sth (=it is the same colour)
▪ The colour in this tin of paint doesn’t match the walls.
a cricket match (=a game of cricket)
a football match/game
▪ Do you often go to football matches?
a matching colour (=one that is the same as something else)
▪ I bought some gloves and a scarf in a matching colour.
a match/marriage made in heaven (=a happy and successful marriage)
an exact match (=something that is exactly the same as something else)
▪ The two DNA samples were an exact match.
clinch a match/championship/victory etc
▪ A last-minute touchdown clinched the game.
debut match/performance etc
▪ He scored in his debut match for the club.
fit/match a description (=be like the person in a police description)
▪ The first man they arrested did not fit the description given by the victim.
match point
match/suit sb's mood
▪ The terrible weather matched her mood.
return match
safety match
shooting match
▪ We’re having a big church wedding with bridesmaids, a pageboy – the whole shooting match.
shouting match
slanging match
test match
win a game/match
▪ It’s supposed to be easier to win your home games.
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ ADJECTIVE
big
▪ They loiter outside the big match with fistfuls of grubby tickets priced at many times their face value.
▪ He may be a talented shot-maker, but as a big match strategist, he is an acknowledged fool.
▪ Today the Echo offers you the chance to become one of the big match mascots.
▪ Worse followed when 10,000 coupons were handed out at a big match at Hull - but 9,999 vanished.
▪ With only 9,000 tickets allocated to the county, many are faced with the prospect of watching the big match on television.
▪ But if Liverpool are playing in a big match, we let them stay up until the end.
▪ A winner for the authentic big match atmosphere every time.
▪ Then Vivienne joined in and the three of us had a big slanging match.
final
▪ Waysiders will accompany Moray out of Division Five after only drawing 5-5 in their final match at Glenrothes.
▪ The final three-day match against the full Leewards side was a slight disappointment.
▪ The series now stands at one match each, and there is all to play for in the final match in Colombo.
▪ In the fifth and final match, nobody expected Nestor to pull off more of his Friday night magic.
▪ He finally drew the cigar into red heat and discarded the final match.
▪ They are two points behind Portadown and would need to beat City of Derry by a landslide in their final match.
▪ The final match against the local Lozère Regional Select U21s was won comfortably 54-3.
▪ All of which means that Shorts require just three points from their final match of the season to clinch the championship.
good
▪ In his eyes a good match is one for which sponsors cough up cash.
▪ In fact, it would be a better match than the one Aharon made.
▪ Not surprisingly, some of the best matches of the week were those involving the top players.
▪ He hurried out exceedingly pleased with himself and enjoying the prospect of what promised to be a very good wrestling match.
▪ Now he is known best for writing and talking a good match.
▪ The cloud thought the wind would be a good match, because he was even stronger than the cloud.
▪ A good match should fit the original very closely.
▪ All this granted, it couldn't be a better match.
international
▪ Where was this important international match played?
▪ Instinctively, they are good players; what they need is exposure to international matches.
▪ It concluded that international matches should be the pre-eminent parameter to fixture programming.
▪ Maybe this was brought on because of fatigue from travelling for international matches in midweek.
▪ Gimbert is young, this was his first real international match and he didn't know how to handle it.
opening
▪ She was handed a number to indicate her challenger for the opening match.
▪ The new pitches at Judges Road have been meticulously prepared over the summer for this weekend's opening match.
▪ He will need to keep his eye on the ball during an opening match against rookie Peter Ebdon.
▪ And then he battered his highest score of the tour, hitting 165 in the opening Test match.
▪ The Teessiders finished fifth in the opening match, but were only 40 points behind winners Leicester Coritanian.
▪ Lendl's 7-6 6-2 defeat by Omar Camporese follows his opening match loss at last week's Madrid Open.
perfect
▪ As far as our school was concerned the timing of this initiative was a perfect match with our stage of development.
▪ Not that it was a perfect match.
▪ A perfect match my sister used to say.
▪ Salmon, with its reddish color, is a perfect match, as is ahi tuna.
▪ His body, as though accustomed to her shape, her rhythm, accommodated itself to hers in perfect match.
▪ But in a sense Helmsman is the perfect match for him.
▪ All in all it is a perfect match reel.
return
▪ In the return match, however, Sheffield thrashed Derby by 34 runs to win handsomely.
▪ In the return match at the Basin Reserve he took five wickets in the first innings and scored a handy 42.
▪ Although, to be honest, I'd understand if he turned down the offer of a return match.
▪ The return match is to be held next week at Leeds United's home ground, Elland Road.
▪ I could hardly wait for a return match.
whole
▪ They did not like it, argued against it - argued against the whole match - but she held firm.
▪ Why not rerun the whole shooting match in every state that was too close to call?
▪ According to the Telegraph, Man City had only 3 attacks of note in the whole match.
▪ One old stalwart who stuck with the whole match contracted such a severe cold that he died of exposure.
▪ It completed the 4-0 sweep and proved to be one of the key moments of the whole match.
▪ Wetherall did very well against Dowie who was literally a handful the whole match.
▪ The whole match was very difficult for us.
■ NOUN
championship
▪ However, the field will again be widened and seating capacity adjusted to 54, 000 for the championship match.
▪ In those five seasons of triumph, 86 of their 140 championship matches were won and only 20 lost.
▪ Declan Bonner was not in the Donegal line-up - he was far too busy running the show in a club championship match.
▪ Meanwhile, Essex and Lancashire were again frustrated by the Manchester weather on the final day of their championship match.
▪ The World Championship match will not be the first time the two players have contested a world title.
cricket
▪ One man had taken photographs in the churchyard ... and at that cricket match when Flyte had been scoring.
▪ Let Lopwitz watch all the cricket matches he wants to!
▪ Looking down, Branson could see a cricket match in progress in the grounds.
▪ He is at the cricket match today?
▪ There his spot was to organize a Tonbridge v Clifton cricket match, news of which hit the national press.
▪ Tomorrow, which was a Saturday, David was going to a cricket match at Luke's school.
▪ He walked off and I gazed blankly at the cricket match.
▪ First a cricket match with a murder at the end of it, then having to face Mama.
cup
▪ Now the Walker Cup match is over, certain players should think hard before chasing a mirage.
▪ The distribution of tickets late in the day on Tuesday for the sale of Saturday's Cup match are a good example.
▪ Extra Time - Can be played if a cup match is drawn.
football
▪ On Tuesdays we may have a school football match but we usually do not have one.
▪ A football match with a one-legged goalkeeper and all of the crowd bearing arms was one of many memorable scenes.
▪ We may have a football match planned but not always.
▪ Even the kick-off for the Barcelona v Liverpool football match was delayed to accommodate the episode.
▪ It degenerated into a three-sided football match, with blue, yellow and red-lit supporters all but waving rattles in support of their teams.
▪ An equal amount of injury might have happened at a football match but that was beside the point.
▪ However, visitors from outlying areas to attend football matches will contribute substantially to the local economy of the cities mentioned above.
▪ The others were discussing a battalion football match.
home
▪ If I remember right, first home matches have been similar for a few years now.
▪ Last home match, Gloucester ran in 6 tries and 38 points against Bristol.
▪ Wright will be replaced by Gary Harker for Boro's home match against Huddersfield.
▪ In a home match against Huddersfield Town, Newcastle were 3-2 down after conceding a questionable penalty to the visitors.
▪ If it is a home match, though, he will usually get up around two-thirty.
▪ Starting with next Saturday's home match against Towcestrians they face three successive league matches, with Durham Cup ties in midweek.
▪ Ironside's one-month loan spell will be completed after the home match against play-off outsiders Gillingham.
▪ The following week, they play their first league home match, when Bective will provide the opposition.
league
▪ The team lost nine of their last 11 league matches and have now won only seven out of 49.
▪ Richardson Report: Gloucester's league match at Saracens was a cliff hanger right until the very last kick of the game.
▪ In the event he need not have worried as Liverpool won six of their remaining seven league matches and drew the other.
▪ But Torquay had a League match at Colchester on the same night, with the black star out with a calf injury!
point
▪ He needed seven match points before beating his opponent.
▪ Muster angrily smashed his racket on the court after double-faulting on match point and could be fined.
▪ The best he could do was to save a match point and take the third game.
report
▪ Could anyone please post a full match report please?
▪ Does anyone have any team news, or a match report?
▪ Inflated language sometimes enlivened a dull game but most match reports were glib and full of clichés.
▪ Referee Alf Buksh is understood to have complained in his match report of being verbally abused by officials from both teams.
tennis
▪ During a tennis match, the movements of the foot can gradually loosen laces.
▪ Enthusiastically squired to polo matches, luncheons, swims, and tennis matches, Margarett did not miss Eddie.
▪ Well, no, but an interesting verbal tennis match did take place.
▪ He watched the two student sections like a tennis match, his head swiveling back and forth as the refrain continued.
▪ Adam recalled the table tennis match.
▪ Celestine had remained totally silent, her eyes moving as in a tennis match between her professor and Leah.
test
▪ As a commentator he achieved an international double by being behind the microphone for two Test matches and one rugby international.
▪ This had been his first Test match on home soil and he was far from satisfied.
▪ Mine helped to lose a Test match.
▪ After all, they all had another Test match in four days' time.
▪ The deal marks the first time a Test match will be shown live, in full, from the sub-continent.
▪ Mr Major, meanwhile, cancelled a scheduled visit to Manchester to watch the Test match and worked on his speech instead.
▪ But during the heat of a test match battle, the instantaneous decision by a captain can have an irreversible effect.
■ VERB
light
▪ She heard Ludovico stumble, curse and then light a match.
▪ You just sit on the ground, chant, douse yourself with gasoline and light a match.
▪ Basil also remembers he smoked a pipe which he managed to fill and light with matches, entirely unaided.
▪ Walter lit a match and lowered his face toward it.
▪ He had been mischievously lighting matches and throwing them around the room.
lose
▪ McEnroe, who lost a tough match with Stefano Pescosolido, 7-6 1-6 6-4, said he was losing his mental edge.
▪ Trinidad lost its first match, falling to El Salvador 3-2.
▪ On their last trip to these shores, the Aussies lost their opening match embarrassingly to Ian Botham's Worcestershire.
▪ The Galaxy, who had lost their five previous matches, knotted the game early in the second half.
▪ But only if he beats Ivanisevic today and Courier loses his match with Chang.
▪ Mine helped to lose a Test match.
▪ Marsden was bowled early on the third morning for 16 so losing the match by an overwhelming innings and 50 runs.
▪ Trace Coley, who'd lost a match and a lover in as many minutes, burst into tears.
meet
▪ But they met their match in Ryde School from the Isle of Wight, who pipped them for victory.
▪ He has met his match, and probably better.
▪ It was downstairs in the hotel's night-bar that the unfortunate Simonsen met her undignified match.
▪ Two years ago the 41year-old received a similar amount when his former teams of Liverpool and Arsenal met for a testimonial match.
▪ It was low tide at St Catherine's Dock, and the Thames was about to meet its match.
▪ It seemed on this occasion she had met her match.
▪ But in political lobbyist Palmer Stoat he meets his match.
miss
▪ He was skipper of the relegated Robins side last year and missed just one match.
▪ It could mean him missing the next match as a result.
▪ Influence Dewi Morris is back at scrum-half after missing the middle match of the divisional season.
▪ What's more, I got back home late, and missed most of the match on Sportsnight.
▪ After being ruled out of Leeds' championship run-in last season, he's now set to miss Saturday's match against Wimbledon.
▪ Winger John Hendrie misses the match with a calf injury.
▪ Les Smith - who at 77 never misses a match - is one of many left bitterly disappointed.
play
▪ We played the match and won, and just before saying goodbye I said I'd see him at Birkdale.
▪ After playing in a match during a snowstorm he caught pneumonia which led to fatal tuberculosis.
▪ But if Liverpool are playing in a big match, we let them stay up until the end.
▪ Children playing with matches killed 37 people in one year.
▪ They'd played with matches in their room, lighting a fire in the garden of their dolls' house.
▪ He could play his first match for Lazio on Sunday September 13 at home to Fiorentina.
▪ He did not leave Hampshire until 1936, during which lengthy spell he played 700 matches - a record - for them.
shout
▪ Precipitating the shouting match at Lindale was a 25-cent increase in the $ 1 admission fee.
▪ Then the shouting matches would commence.
▪ Once, amid a furious shouting match reported by Clinton biographer David Maraniss, then-Gov.
▪ Not only did the two men hate each other personally, but their disputes often degenerated into shouting matches at mission meetings.
▪ Board meetings deteriorated into black-white shouting matches.
▪ It ended in a shouting match, with Milken being escorted from the building by a security guard.
▪ International observers and journalists crowded around each minor scuffle and shouting match.
strike
▪ He took one of the smaller candles and, striking a match, held it to the wick.
▪ She was so cold that she struck a match for warmth.
▪ It's like striking a match, Meg.
▪ Eulah Mae saw her sharply strike a match against a square match box to light a cigarette over a fresh beer.
▪ She had so obviously struck a match with some one else.
▪ She struck a match and blew it out.
▪ Some one struck a match at the open door of the landing bedroom.
▪ She saw these things when she struck her matches that she was supposed to sell.
watch
▪ I got back to Durham today after staying on in Leeds to watch the Villa match!
▪ Let Lopwitz watch all the cricket matches he wants to!
▪ It will cost me a packet to travel down to watch the rescheduled match!
▪ Sometimes after I watch a match, I feel sick because of it.
▪ She wished she hadn't watched the match.
▪ You just press a button and watch the match.
▪ My father and two brothers had been watching the match on television.
▪ With only 9,000 tickets allocated to the county, many are faced with the prospect of watching the big match on television.
win
▪ They could; and should have won this match and the players have to look to themselves.
▪ Deep Blue made history by winning the match with two victories against one loss and three draws.
▪ Herefordshire were the team to catch in the Eastern Division by winning their first two matches - just.
▪ Even then they battled until the service run was broken and Cotswold took the set 15-12 to win the match 3-0.
▪ In this way, short-handed teams still have a chance to win and the match is therefore meaningful.
▪ We went out there and knew we were going to win our matches and crush them.
▪ Wycombe will draw level on points with Colchester if they win their Conference match at Farnborough this afternoon.
PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
(match sb) stride for stride
benefit concert/performance/match
▪ Browne played a benefit concert at Zellerbach Hall on the UC-Berkeley campus Thursday night.
▪ He later played a benefit concert in aid of the protest.
▪ Last August, after leaving a rehearsal for the benefit performance, Hicks witnessed a stabbing and wound up being the suspect.
▪ Most significant for a county player was the opportunity to have a benefit match.
▪ This group also organized musicians to play benefit concerts for the campaign.
evenly matched
▪ The teams seem pretty evenly matched, so it's hard to say who will win.
▪ As a result, the two parties ended up being fairly evenly matched.
▪ Flow is experienced when people perceive opportunities for action being evenly matched by their capabilities.
▪ Importance of national security considerations Public opinion polls published on the eve of the election showed the two main parties evenly matched.
▪ In the early stage the sides were evenly matched effectively cancelling each other out.
▪ Leeds scored through Wallace with 7 minutes to go in an evenly matched game.
▪ Outside, the sexes are more evenly matched, I admit.
▪ Sometimes there will be two candidates who are fairly evenly matched and there may be uncertainty about which should be appointed.
▪ When fighting does occur - as when two evenly matched individuals meet - it seldom results in injury.
grudge fight/match
▪ None of the combatants in this grunge grudge match are over 20.
▪ Six other players were sin-binned as Britain beat New Zealand 3-2 in a grudge match.
meet your match
▪ I slowly started to realize I had met my match in Nigel.
▪ It seems Connoly's finally met her political match.
▪ She's a good player but she'll meet her match when she plays Sara.
▪ All that changes when she meets her match in Doug.
▪ And, in any case, I think she realised she had met her match.
▪ But in political lobbyist Palmer Stoat he meets his match.
▪ But they met their match in Ryde School from the Isle of Wight, who pipped them for victory.
▪ He has met his match, and probably better.
▪ It seemed on this occasion she had met her match.
▪ It was low tide at St Catherine's Dock, and the Thames was about to meet its match.
▪ Well, this time you've met your match, Adam Burns.
mix and match
▪ You can mix and match this home-office furniture to fit your needs.
▪ But juicy fruit-punch shades like orange and lime to be mixed and matched are equally hot.
▪ Chairman Charles Dolan moves close to realizing his longtime vision of mixing and matching sporting events on different levels of television.
▪ Creative maps have been drawn, land swaps considered, municipal powers mixed and matched.
▪ Female speaker Voice over It's mix and match at Chipping Norton, where they're staging their first ever mixed fours.
▪ Lenders may mix and match Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac requirements.
▪ The mix and match formula ensures that shareholders are treated on an equal basis.
▪ The units may be mixed and matched with topics already being delivered in early stages to provide a scientific context.
▪ This is what allows you to adjust the colours and mix and match them for your new palette.
seal a victory/win/match
▪ Andy Cole's first international goal sealed victory in injury time.
▪ He then supplied the finishing touch to a 32-pass move to seal victory.
strike a match
▪ Eulah Mae saw her sharply strike a match against a square match box to light a cigarette over a fresh beer.
▪ Four Negro GIs went apeshit striking matches on sleek bottoms.
▪ He took one of the smaller candles and, striking a match, held it to the wick.
▪ It's like striking a match, Meg.
▪ She struck a match and blew it out.
▪ She had so obviously struck a match with some one else.
▪ She was so cold that she struck a match for warmth.
▪ Some one struck a match at the open door of the landing bedroom.
the whole shooting match
▪ Why not rerun the whole shooting match in every state that was too close to call?
throw a match/game/fight
▪ This year, he is throwing a game party at his home in Austin.
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
▪ A cricket match was in progress on the school sports field.
▪ a tennis match
▪ Are you going to the match tomorrow?
▪ Chess experts expected Kadparov to win the next match.
▪ Doctors failed to find a match for the bone marrow transplant.
▪ Eric scored the only goal in the match against Albany.
▪ If we win the next three matches, we could still go through to the semi-final.
▪ Keith sprained his wrist in a wrestling match.
▪ Stores will mix paints so you can get a good match for your curtains.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ A fairytale match it is - makes one wish one were young again!
▪ Do I fear for her chances of making another match?
▪ Female speaker Don't play with matches and don't play near fires.
▪ From what I saw of the match he played well.
▪ Furthermore, Gregor Townsend, the 19-year-old fly-half, had an excellent match to confirm he is a player of rich potential.
▪ Sir Thomas now welcomes the match that he first feared.
▪ The other goal in that match is quite amusing as well when he chips the goalie.
II.verb
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ ADVERB
closely
▪ Use a foundation that closely matches your skintone, topped with transparent loose powder to set, then add your pinks.
▪ I would try to guide a child to work with texts in which the pictures more closely match the words.
▪ Table 3.5 shows that sterling and non-sterling liabilities are quite closely matched by corresponding assets.
▪ These are the environments that, in terms at least of summer climates, most closely match milder parts of the northern tundra.
▪ The first is that the data model more closely matches some real-world entities.
▪ The stored characters that most closely match the input are identified as the most likely interpretation of that input.
▪ These firms are closely matched in terms of industry, size, and complexity.
evenly
▪ Outside, the sexes are more evenly matched, I admit.
▪ As a result, the two parties ended up being fairly evenly matched.
▪ In the early stage the sides were evenly matched effectively cancelling each other out.
▪ Flow is experienced when people perceive opportunities for action being evenly matched by their capabilities.
▪ Even if the cars were evenly matched, he knew he couldn't out-drive the police.
▪ Teams were evenly matched with experienced players and beginners carefully balanced.
▪ Teams were evenly matched and all games proved to be very close affairs with penalties deciding many of them.
▪ Edward felt that he and the malign force were fairly evenly matched.
exactly
▪ This almost exactly matches up with the periodic variation present in the Mercury-transit data.
▪ At this extreme duration the researchers noticed that the respirations of man and algae were not exactly matched.
▪ This light is tuned so that the photon energy exactly matches the desired atomic transition energy.
▪ He was dressed in a scrupulously clean but threadbare dhoti and he wore a pale blue turban which exactly matched his eyes.
▪ The structure will therefore match exactly what is achieved by the use of ordinary predicative position.
▪ Tailor your list of achievements to match exactly the requirements of your future position, and leave everything else off.
▪ When the losses incurred on the call are exactly matched by the profits received from the shares.
▪ We get a new body, mind structure and destiny which exactly matches our mental impressions, desires and tendencies.
never
▪ The delay has led to fears that the leukaemia unit will never match the fund raisers' hopes.
▪ Two remakes never matched this original, which was named best foreign film by the New York Film Critics.
▪ Whatever he does, his degree of energy will never match mine.
▪ He came for several weeks just to watch Halsey, who never matched his performance of that first evening.
▪ What a shame it must one day become reality - it will never match these views for charm and elegance.
▪ Socata's engineers first looked at the Mooney 301 left, concluding it could never match such performance.
▪ Ferry never matches his college promise.
only
▪ Some long utterances may contain phoneme sequences which only match the intended words.
▪ The majesty of life in the White House is matched only by its isolation.
▪ Blanche, whose enjoyment in wearing elegant clothes was matched only by resentment at their ludicrous cost, suddenly felt over-dressed.
▪ These days, the media loves dads whose high-profile positions are matched only by their high-profile paternity.
▪ My relief on gaining the stance was matched only by the strength of my desire to finish the route.
▪ Lowercase letters will match either lowercase or uppercase characters in the document, but upper-case characters will only match their exact counterparts.
▪ Wilson's disappointment was matched only by her horror at Ellen's suggestion - never would she return to East Retford.
▪ The dizzy rapidity of changes in the ministry was matched only by the accelerating deficit.
perfectly
▪ Crossover distortion is actually due to the fact that the two halves of the circuit are not perfectly matched.
▪ Computerised records ensure that colours are perfectly matched on return visits.
▪ Everything matched perfectly, even her pink beads.
▪ Their brown colouration perfectly matches the decaying leaves around them, their blotches and lines disrupt their outlines.
▪ Whether stylish laminate, natural wood or high-gloss finish, the Miele Specialist can tailor a kitchen to perfectly match your requirements.
▪ The simplest method of all, where body concealment is concerned, is to match perfectly the colour of the background.
▪ Her gorgeously drowsy voice is perfectly matched to shimmering, twilight atmospherics.
▪ The girl friendly school Unfortunately the pattern of option choice and attitude differences is not perfectly matched within each school.
quite
▪ We found that they matched quite closely.
▪ Reality did not quite match the myth.
▪ As with so much of what he envisaged, the reality did not quite match the vision.
▪ No dam after Hoover has ever quite matched its grace and glorious detail.
▪ Somehow a little business in Deptford didn't quite match up with his own ideas of McCloy's origins.
up
▪ Where there are gaps in matching up goals to resources, what can you do about it?
▪ We seem to know where our basic talents match up.
▪ He wanted her every day and no girl he had met since had remotely matched up to her.
▪ This line should match up well with the offensive lines on the 49ers' championship teams.
▪ This almost exactly matches up with the periodic variation present in the Mercury-transit data.
▪ What he says or does is not as important as the extent to which he matches up to an ideal.
▪ In a Clinton / Dole match up, Dole is ahead 49 percent to 40 percent.
■ NOUN
attempt
▪ But soon he had to slacken, for Nora made no attempt to match his pace.
▪ The Democratic National Committee, in its failed attempt to match Republican fund raising, went a little bananas.
▪ Initially these were organized rather haphazardly with little serious attempt to match contributions to prospective claims on the funds.
description
▪ Any word could follow any other word, just so long as it matched the phonetic input description.
▪ Only one matched the description of some one they arrested.
▪ The parodic elements of Gay's pastorals are matched by close descriptions and a genuine sympathy for rural life.
▪ The designs on the robes also matched the descriptions of those robes in which the Saint had been enveloped in 1104.
▪ A car matching police descriptions had been found in Jedforest rugby club car park.
▪ Imagine how difficult it would be to videotape the pictures to match that description.
▪ Those that matched Darby's description had been borrowed from the newsroom and the wording of the death threat typed on them.
▪ Scrambling turned to roped up exploration as the frustrating hunt for anything remotely matching the guidebook description ensued.
expectations
▪ It is also the intention to match the expectations of the parties and their legal advisers against eventual outcome.
▪ If possible, you should test-market this road map to make sure it matches your expectations. 3.
▪ Failure to match performance to expectations has developed into something of a national neurosis.
▪ But even those that match expectations get no free ride.
▪ I was really disappointed with it I suppose, it just didn't match up to my expectations.
▪ Or will they watch the market drift lower until the overall yield matches their new expectations?
▪ She undertook work experience with a tour operator to find out whether the reality matched her expectations.
▪ Yet this dilemma is generated nationally, not locally, by the failure to match resources and expectations.
increase
▪ The amount of cover is index linked to match increases in building costs.
▪ The rise in student numbers in polytechnics has not been matched by an increase in teaching staff.
▪ But both companies' increase in money sales merely matched the six-fold increase in the retail prices index over the 20 years.
▪ The decrease in the percentage classed as good is matched by an increase in the percentage defined as fairly good.
▪ But the increase in incomes was not matched by a similar increase in the cash becoming available to farmers.
▪ However, the growth has not been matched by an increase in lessees' sophistication.
need
▪ It merely seems to stimulate the body to produce more and more to match the daily need.
▪ Post-secondary institutions have a better track record of designing programs that match labor-market needs and place their graduates in jobs.
▪ Constant vigilance to match appropriate services to needs, assessed along tight guidelines, is one way to avoid temptation.
▪ In my view, it is a programme of legislation which matches the needs of the time.
▪ The Bill matches the needs of the times, and I commend it to the House.
▪ Colleges could match the needs of the Catholic school system either in numbers or range of subjects.
▪ First he looks for the one that he likes or that matches his needs, then he sees if it fits.
pattern
▪ It also pays to try and match the pattern of the border at the joint.
▪ In many cases a number of possible matches will be found as parts of other words will match the input pattern.
performance
▪ This level of ability is matched by the performance of the brakes.
▪ If the economy falters in 1996, corporate earnings will be hard-pressed to match the performance of the past few years.
▪ Socata's engineers first looked at the Mooney 301 left, concluding it could never match such performance.
▪ He came for several weeks just to watch Halsey, who never matched his performance of that first evening.
▪ He has given it continuity and confidence, matching perspiration with performance.
▪ Instead, they try simply to match the performance of a market benchmark, such as the S &038; P 500.
▪ Failure to match performance to expectations has developed into something of a national neurosis.
▪ The evening's proceedings struggle to match up to Jesse's performance.
word
▪ Thus, the lexical access component may have to match each word against every possible alignment of the input with the lexicon.
▪ I would try to guide a child to work with texts in which the pictures more closely match the words.
▪ Equally, it is important that the creditor nations match words with deeds.
▪ People have learned what to say, but their actions do not match their words.
▪ Some long utterances may contain phoneme sequences which only match the intended words.
▪ Clearly if Henry's protests were to be taken seriously he would have to match his words with deeds.
▪ The result can be that line endings may not match or letter and word spacing are different.
▪ Firstly there is the whole word approach, whereby shape and pattern recognition procedures attempt to match directly with complete words.
■ VERB
fail
▪ But they expressed disappointment that sales decisions failed to match the Government's rhetoric.
▪ The Democratic National Committee, in its failed attempt to match Republican fund raising, went a little bananas.
▪ But it has failed to match the risks.
▪ An island-driving algorithm will explore those paths that ultimately fail to match the beginning and ending of the utterance.
▪ But these side-effects can become intolerable if political freedom fails to match economic liberty.
▪ Sadourny at 34 was a rare gem of invention and sleek skill, but other veterans failed to match him.
▪ We do make a great deal of fuss when children fail to match our expectations particularly when standards of behaviour are concerned.
hope
▪ Naturally, the young cricketers of the present could never hope to match the deeds of the past.
▪ He hopes to apply for matching funds by next week.
▪ She bought from pictures, hoping things would match.
▪ She didn't want some tarted-up part-time hooker spoiling it with tales about him she couldn't possibly hope to match.
▪ He can not hope to match the advances which the likes of Waite, McCarthy and Terry Anderson could command.
▪ Sixth formers in the midst of A-Level examinations hope their grades match university requirements or job expectations.
mix
▪ You have to offer customised make-up, which is mixed or matched to the client's personal needs.
▪ So plan ahead. Mix and match your favorite combo, and enjoy.
▪ The units may be mixed and matched with topics already being delivered in early stages to provide a scientific context.
▪ Chairman Charles Dolan moves close to realizing his longtime vision of mixing and matching sporting events on different levels of television.
▪ Creative maps have been drawn, land swaps considered, municipal powers mixed and matched.
▪ Lenders may mix and match Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac requirements.
▪ Using the 15 double-sided plates and crayons, they can mix and match different body parts to make a thousand fantastic characters.
▪ But juicy fruit-punch shades like orange and lime to be mixed and matched are equally hot.
try
▪ When not trying to match his 15-hour days, they regale each other with endless stories about his idiosyncrasies and absent-mindedness.
▪ I remembered lessons from my geography classes and tried to match them with what I was seeing below.
▪ They are invited to sense sounds played in another room, or try to match patterned cards drawn elsewhere.
▪ I tried to match up couples with complementary hankies and key-chains.
▪ Some try to match the closure programme to meet the Staff needs.
▪ Under that, they pay the double-occupancy rate, and let the line try to match them with a roommate.
▪ She liked to look at the visitors as they arrived and try to match them with the patients.
▪ Instead, they try simply to match the performance of a market benchmark, such as the S &038; P 500.
PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
(match sb) stride for stride
benefit concert/performance/match
▪ Browne played a benefit concert at Zellerbach Hall on the UC-Berkeley campus Thursday night.
▪ He later played a benefit concert in aid of the protest.
▪ Last August, after leaving a rehearsal for the benefit performance, Hicks witnessed a stabbing and wound up being the suspect.
▪ Most significant for a county player was the opportunity to have a benefit match.
▪ This group also organized musicians to play benefit concerts for the campaign.
evenly matched
▪ The teams seem pretty evenly matched, so it's hard to say who will win.
▪ As a result, the two parties ended up being fairly evenly matched.
▪ Flow is experienced when people perceive opportunities for action being evenly matched by their capabilities.
▪ Importance of national security considerations Public opinion polls published on the eve of the election showed the two main parties evenly matched.
▪ In the early stage the sides were evenly matched effectively cancelling each other out.
▪ Leeds scored through Wallace with 7 minutes to go in an evenly matched game.
▪ Outside, the sexes are more evenly matched, I admit.
▪ Sometimes there will be two candidates who are fairly evenly matched and there may be uncertainty about which should be appointed.
▪ When fighting does occur - as when two evenly matched individuals meet - it seldom results in injury.
grudge fight/match
▪ None of the combatants in this grunge grudge match are over 20.
▪ Six other players were sin-binned as Britain beat New Zealand 3-2 in a grudge match.
the whole shooting match
▪ Why not rerun the whole shooting match in every state that was too close to call?
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
Match the words on the left with the pictures on the right.
▪ Anderson will receive a bonus that matches his base salary.
▪ Baltimore's economic performance has not matched that of comparable cities.
▪ Double check that you have an invoice to match every check.
▪ For every outfit, Stephanie seemed to have a handbag and shoes to match.
▪ Forming alliances with other countries was the only way to match the power of the enemy.
▪ GMI tries to match students with companies that will hire them.
▪ I'm looking for a rug to match my bedroom curtains.
▪ In the lounge everything matched; the curtains, the sofa, the carpet and the cushions.
▪ Nothing we have ever seen matches this moment.
▪ She was wearing black high-heeled shoes that matched her skirt and jacket.
▪ Teresa got everything to match for the baby's room.
▪ The only cars which could match the acceleration of the Ferraris were the Shelby Cobras and Aston Martins.
▪ Their performance in government didn't quite match their election promises.
▪ This lipstick matches your blouse exactly.
▪ Tom's description and mine matched.
▪ Wages won't go up to match prices.
▪ You can't go out wearing socks that don't match.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ But its sequences did not match those of herpes strains the researchers have been able to check so far.
▪ He wore motor-cyclist's leathers underneath, black and shiny, with calf-length boots to match.
▪ Her eyes tuned in, but her mind could not match them.
▪ If he loves her, such feelings are changeable; an impulse to match Harriet with disappointed Frank is quickly put by.
▪ Otherwise, Exe Directory is a way of matching the supply and demand of research ideas.
▪ The town was getting a woozy, criminal feeling that rather matched his own.
▪ We shall have to match his fighting spirit, and not let our fear overwhelm us before the first blow is struck.
The Collaborative International Dictionary
match

Consolation game \Con`so*la"tion game\, match \match\, pot \pot\, race \race\, etc. A game, match, etc., open only to losers in early stages of contests. [Webster 1913 Suppl.] ||

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
match

"stick for striking fire," late 14c., macche, "wick of a candle or lamp," from Old French meiche "wick of a candle," from Vulgar Latin *micca/*miccia (source also of Catalan metxa, Spanish mecha, Italian miccia), probably ultimately from Latin myxa, from Greek myxa "lamp wick," originally "mucus," based on notion of wick dangling from the spout of a lamp like snot from a nostril, from PIE root *meug- "slimy, slippery" (see mucus). Modern spelling is from mid-15c. (English snot also had a secondary sense of "snuff of a candle, burnt part of a wick" from late 14c., surviving at least to late 19c. in northern dialects.)\n

\nMeaning "piece of cord or splinter of wood soaked in sulfur, used for lighting fires, lamps, candles, etc." is from 1530. First used 1831 for the modern type of wooden friction match, and competed with lucifer for much of 19c. as the name for this invention.

match

"one of a pair, an equal," Old English mæcca, "companion, mate, one of a pair, wife, husband, one suited to another, an equal," from gemæcca, from Proto-Germanic *gamakon "fitting well together" (cognates: Old Saxon gimaco "fellow, equal," Old High German gimah "comfort, ease," Middle High German gemach "comfortable, quiet," German gemach "easy, leisurely"), from PIE root *mak-/*mag- "to fit" (see make (v.)). Middle English sense of "matching adversary, person able to contend with another" (c.1300) led to sporting meaning "contest," first attested 1540s.

match

"to join one to another" (originally especially in marriage), late 14c., from match (n.2). Meaning "to place (one) in conflict with (another)" is from c.1400. That of "to pair with a view to fitness" is from 1520s; that of "to be equal to" is from 1590s. Related: Matched; matching.

Wiktionary
match

Etymology 1 n. 1 (context sports English) A competitive sporting event such as a boxing meet, a baseball game, or a cricket match. 2 Any contest or trial of strength or skill, or to determine superiority. 3 Someone with a measure of an attribute equaling or exceeding the object of comparison. 4 A marriage. 5 A candidate for matrimony; one to be gained in marriage. 6 suitability. 7 equivalence; a state of correspondence. (rfex) 8 Equality of conditions in contest or competition. 9 A pair of items or entities with mutually suitable characteristics. 10 An agreement or compact. 11 (context metalworking English) A perforated board, block of plaster, hardened sand, etc., in which a pattern is partly embedded when a mould is made, for giving shape to the surfaces of separation between the parts of the mould. vb. 1 (lb en intransitive) To agree, to be equal, to correspond to. 2 (lb en transitive) To agree, to be equal, to correspond to. Etymology 2

n. Device made of wood or paper, at the tip coated with chemicals that ignite with the friction of being dragged (struck) against a rough dry surface.

WordNet
match
  1. n. lighter consisting of a thin piece of wood or cardboard tipped with combustible chemical; ignites with friction; "he always carries matches to light his pipe" [syn: lucifer, friction match]

  2. a formal contest in which two or more persons or teams compete

  3. a burning piece of wood or cardboard; "if you drop a match in there the whole place will explode"

  4. an exact duplicate; "when a match is found an entry is made in the notebook" [syn: mate]

  5. the score needed to win a match

  6. a person regarded as a good matrimonial prospect [syn: catch]

  7. a person who is of equal standing with another in a group [syn: peer, equal, compeer]

  8. a pair of people who live together; "a married couple from Chicago" [syn: couple, mates]

  9. something that resembles or harmonizes with; "that tie makes a good match with your jacket"

match
  1. v. be compatible, similar or consistent; coincide in their characteristics; "The two stories don't agree in many details"; "The handwriting checks with the signature on the check"; "The suspect's fingerprints don't match those on the gun" [syn: fit, correspond, check, jibe, gibe, tally, agree] [ant: disagree]

  2. provide funds complementary to; "The company matched the employees' contributions"

  3. bring two objects, ideas, or people together; "This fact is coupled to the other one"; "Matchmaker, can you match my daughter with a nice young man?"; "The student was paired with a partner for collaboration on the project" [syn: mate, couple, pair, twin]

  4. be equal to in quality or ability; "Nothing can rival cotton for durability"; "Your performance doesn't even touch that of your colleagues"; "Her persistence and ambition only matches that of her parents" [syn: equal, touch, rival]

  5. make correspond or harmonize; "Match my sweater" [syn: fit]

  6. satisfy or fulfill; "meet a need"; "this job doesn't match my dreams" [syn: meet, cope with]

  7. give or join in marriage

  8. set into opposition or rivalry; "let them match their best athletes against ours"; "pit a chess player against the Russian champion"; "He plays his two children off against each other" [syn: pit, oppose, play off]

  9. be equal or harmonize; "The two pieces match"

  10. make equal, uniform, corresponding, or matching; "let's equalize the duties among all employees in this office"; "The company matched the discount policy of its competitors" [syn: equal, equalize, equalise, equate]

Wikipedia
Match (magazine)

Match! is a weekly British football magazine aimed at the teenage and pre-teenage market. First published in 1979, the magazine had a circulation of 57,108 copies as of December 2010. The magazine includes interviews, a skills school, quizzes and a weekly round-up of results, tables and player ratings from the four main English divisions and the Scottish Premier League in MatchFacts. It mostly covers teams and players in the English Premier League, but also has a limited coverage of La Liga, Serie A and international football.

Match (Marvel Comics)

Match (Ben Hamill) is a fictional character appearing in comic books published by Marvel Comics. A mutant, Hamill attended the Xavier Institute before its closing. While at the Institute, Hamill was the field leader of the Paragons training squad.

Match

A match is a tool for starting a fire. Typically, modern matches are made of small wooden sticks or stiff paper. One end is coated with a material that can be ignited by frictional heat generated by striking the match against a suitable surface. Wooden matches are packaged in matchboxes, and paper matches are partially cut into rows and stapled into matchbooks. The coated end of a match, known as the match "head", consists of a bead of active ingredients and binder; often coloured for easier inspection. There are two main types of matches: safety matches, which can be struck only against a specially prepared surface, and strike-anywhere matches, for which any suitably frictional surface can be used. Some match-like compositions, known as electric matches, are ignited electrically and do not make use of heat from friction.

Match (disambiguation)

A match is a small device for producing fire.

Match may refer also to:

  • Match or game, played between two sports teams
Match (drink)

is a carbonated Japanese soft drink usually sold in street vending machines. The drink was previously only sold in standard aluminum cans with pop tops, but is now more commonly sold in bottles. The flavor of the drink is described as "fruity" and is quite popular among tourists. Though the drink is far from ubiquitous in Japan, there have been reports of it being sold in Ginza and Yokohama. Match is sold in 300ml, 350ml, 480ml, and 500ml containers.

The song " Locolotion" by the Okinawan group Orange Range was used for a commercial.

Match (DC Comics)

Match is a fictional character in the DC Comics Universe. He is a clone of Superboy. Match appeared in the Superboy title, issues of Young Justice and the Sins of Youth and Joker's Last Laugh crossover events. Currently, he is a member of the Titans East, which debuted in Teen Titans #43.

Match (supermarket)

Match was a retail chain, situated in Hungary, as part of the Louis Delhaize Group, open in several European countries along with the Antilles and Guyana. Match supermarkets offered a large range of different food products in Hungary. There were 48 Match supermarkets in Hungary. All of them were rebranded as CBA or Coop.

Match (play)

Match is a dramatic comedy by Stephen Belber

Match (film)

Match is a 2014 American drama film written and directed by Stephen Belber, based on his 2004 play of the same name. The film stars Patrick Stewart, Carla Gugino and Matthew Lillard. The film was released on January 14, 2015, by IFC Films.

Usage examples of "match".

Slight imperfections in the match were negotiated by a jostling crowd of donor or acceptor molecules.

Vuitton clutch hung from her elbow and she pushed an expensive Bertini stroller accessorized with an infant whose blond hair matched her own.

I came to you in most serious earnest, imagining, as I find true, that your son had never dared to acquaint you with a match so much inferior to him in point of fortune, though the reputation of the lady will suffer it no longer to remain a secret.

The long Aenean stride readily matched wagons bumping and groaning over roadless wrinkled hills.

But no contestant was allowed to judge, so the third was a substitute, the Aikido judge, representing Judo for this one match.

Takao had planned to take the second Aikido match, but with Hiroshi now certain to appear, that was out.

Aye, and Alienor could certainly benefit from a match with a man nigh as stubborn as herself.

In examining the first attention, the new seers realized that all organic beings, except man, quiet down their agitated trapped emanations so that those emanations can align themselves with their matching ones outside.

When she was attired in a grey alpaca dress with a cape to match, a blue straw bonnet resting on her brown hair, and a pair of black buttoned boots on her feet, she went to the top drawer of the chest and took out the long envelope and looked at it.

She matched the antique ambience of the place almost to a T, the only anachronistic feature being the optical fiber running from the desk to her datajack.

But to bring the anima, there must be a special pattern of births leading to a woman who matches the magical nature of our world.

They let their separate selves burn away like so many thousands of matches, annihilating themselves in an all-consuming transcendence.

It looked as if we were walking right against the towering ice wall, but when we were within a yard or two of it a narrow cleft, only eighteen inches wide, and wonderfully masked by an ice column, showed to the left, and into this we squeezed ourselves, the entrance by which we had come appearing to close up instantly we had gone a pace or two, so perfectly did the ice walls match each other.

It seemed to me to be such an ordinary discovery, until I learned that some of the granules were identified by optical crystallography to be travertine aragonite that had a spectral signature matching limestone samples taken from ancient Jerusalem tombs.

Impoverished Argali could never match such an offer: shovels and awls forged from fine metals, stacks of dried firewood, golden bridle bells, dewhoney and molasses, dried rose-leeks, cobberwheat, tri-grains, and reedflour that poured through your fingers like powdered rubies.