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match up

1. verb To be identical to, comparable to, or compatible with someone or something; to match. These two match up perfectly—they must come from the same batch. Joan and I match up really well even though we have very different personalities.
2. verb To join things together or arrange them so that they correspond, harmonize, or fit together in some way. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "match" and "up." Match up your end to mine and then we'll fold it diagonally. Tiffany and Tina like to match up their costumes every year with the same theme. If you find the puzzle piece I'm looking for, try matching it up to this one.
3. verb To form a pair with another person. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "match" and "up." OK, everyone, please find a partner and match up.
4. verb In a competition, to pit against or be pitted against an opponent. They have Danny matched up against their fastest player, so he'll need some help. Let's take a look at how these two teams match up.
5. verb In a competition, to have a similar skill level as or have the ability to compete with someone in an effective way. They have a better record, but I think we match up really well against these guys.
6. noun In a competition, the pitting of one opponent against another. In this usage, the phrase is usually hyphenated or spelled as one word. These are both strong teams, so tonight's game will be all about the individual matchups.
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match up

[for things or people] to match, be equal, or complementary. These match up. See how they are the same length? Sorry, but these two parts don't match up.
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match up

v.
1. To be the same, comparable, or in agreement: There's some kind of mistake—the numbers you wrote on these two forms don't match up. Match the pictures up—they're crooked.
2. To cause something to be the same, comparable, or in agreement: He matched up the edges of the books on the bookcase. Match the pictures up—they're crooked.
3. To form a pair or group from some set of people or things: I have to thank the dating service for matching us up. I matched up the socks.
4. match up with To be the same as, comparable with, or in agreement with something else: Each number on this list must match up with the numbers on the other list.
5. match up with To take something as a corresponding element or partner: The teacher asked each student to match up with one other student and form a double line.
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DeNA is proud to partner with the NFL and the NFL PLAYERS to deliver NFL Matchups to the millions of dedicated football fans looking for an experience that tests their NFL knowledge, strategy and skill, and a new way to interact with their favorite players," said Irfan Virk, CEO of DeNA Studios Canada.
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In the semifinals, a potential matchup with second-seeded and undefeated Norco looms.
Matchup Breakdown - Statistics of any two teams or any two players can be compared graphically through this feature, helping fans to analyze contests and look towards future potential matchups.
The BCS is such an unmitigated disaster that even its bowl games leave you crying for an intriguing matchup.
Saugus (21-5), enjoying its most successful season in many years, plays at Highland of Palmdale (19-4), and a victory means a probable matchup against top-seeded Riverside Poly (22-5) in the quarterfinals.
In what had to be one of the better group playoff performances in recent memory, nearly all of the Foothill League basketball and soccer teams won their second-round matchups this week, so the region is well-represented in the Southern Section quarterfinals beginning tonight and Saturday.
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That proves good fights can be made in a sport that suffers from a dearth of compelling matchups.
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Manager Mike Scioscia said he'll implement a closer-by-committee, going by matchups and availability.
Looking ahead: There are two games left in the regular season - more than enough to distort the picture - but if the Pacific-10 tournament were to start today the first-round matchups would be as follows:
Top teams wanted: The Mustangs women's basketball team has tough matchups remaining, starting with tonight's GSAC Challenge game against 7-3 Wayland Baptist University (Texas) at Azusa Pacific.