(the) best of (an odd number)

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(the) best of (an odd number)

A victorious outcome determined by the person or team who wins the majority of an odd number of games (three, five, seven, etc.). I love the Stanley Cup Playoffs more than other sports championships because the fact that's it's the best of seven means a team can have an off day but still rally to win the whole thing. A: "Fancy playing a round of tennis." B: "Sure! Best of five?"
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the best of ˈthree, ˈfive, etc.

(especially in games and sports) up to three, five, etc. games played to decide who wins, the winner being the person or team that wins most of them
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Well, the match is for the best of three goals; whichever side kicks two goals wins: and it won't do, you see, just to kick the ball through these posts--it must go over the cross-bar; any height'll do, so long as it's between the posts.
The University of the Visayas Green Lancers lived up to its billing as one of the country's best in men's basketball, this time winning the 2018 Philippine Collegiate Champions League (PCCL) regional crown at the expense of the Naga College Foundation Tigers via sweep in their best of three finals series played at the Arcadia Fitness Center gymnasium.
A best of three vote would, however, show that the 2016 result was the will of the people.
A best of three is legally and politically possible.
They have also been talking about the possibility of reducing the men's game to a best of three, like the current practice on the ATP Tour.
The top eight men and women will battle it for equal prize pools of US$160,000 (Dh587,682) in a best of three format.
FILEX Cargo edged out Fil-Am 59-58 in Game 2 of their best of three championship series to claim the title in the 2nd Moneygram FCBG - Filipino Club Basketball Tournament 38th Season 1st Conference 2012 Inter Commercial Division.
A 7lb rainbow was the best of three caught by Jim Allen, while 6lb fish were put on the scales by Dave Pearce, Les White and Mike Penerey.
Colin is hoping to smash the current best of three hours 40 minutes set by identical twins Nick and Alastair Benbow in 1998.
"What You Hear in the Dark: New and Selected Poems" includes selections of the best of three previously published books of poetry by Sonia Gernes, including her book, "A Breeze Called the Fremantle Doctor: Poems/Tales," published in 1997.
There is a lottery feel about the event, though, with matches only over the best of three frames and no prices stand out.
Matches to be played over the best of three racks with players reporting to their respective venues by 7.30pm at the latest.
OPEN SNOOKER CHAMPIONSHIP Third round (best of three frames) - R Longley (25) (Meltham Con) v M Bentley (23) (Broad Oak BC), C Heywood (21) (Lockwood Con) v J Scholefield (10) (Lindley Lib) or S Stockwell (owes 32) (Bradley and Colne), P Smith (9) (Golcar Con) v C Norcliffe (owes 23) (Canalside), R Bodsworth (1) (Lockwood Con) v M Atkinson (3) (Crosland Moor Con), E Crookes (21) (Berry Brow Lib) v P Proctor (23) (Cowcliffe Lib), K Wood (owes 9) (Lockwood Con) v G Ineson (owes 6) (Crosland Moor Con), C Zaffino (scr) (Marsden RBL) v P Booth (21) (New Mill), R Driver (10) (Lockwood Con) v K Hirst (owes 17) (Hillhouse and Birkby).
Nester Javier, a materials controller, and Mr Kalathil, an assistant accounts manager, play a best of three for third place.
The Scot said: "I struggled badly" after edging through in the best of three decider.